Old Jeepneys in Makati to Be Turned Into Mobile Learning Hubs

The city government will be paying a P2,000 daily rental fee for the jeepneys.

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(SPOT.ph) Jeepney drivers who were left jobless by the quarantine (and the long-ongoing phaseout of the chrome king of the streets) will be given a second chance in Makati City. The local government will be recruiting out-of-work jeepney drivers for their "Makati Mobile Learning Hubs" project, they announced on August 19. Along with teachers and librarians, the city administration will be partnering up with jeepney drivers to get the hubs rolled out in time for the start of classes in October.

"Jeepney drivers in the city who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic will be our partners," Mayor Abby Binay was quoted as saying by PNA. "Their jeepneys will be outfitted to transport books and other learning materials, teachers and librarians, and laptops with an Internet connection."

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The administration is currently in talks with the Makati Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association to hire an initial batch of 27 drivers and their jeepneys. Down the pipeline, they're aiming to hire at least 100 drivers each week on a rotational basis as recommended by the association.

The daily rental fee for each jeepney is at P2,000, said Rita Riddle, program director of the Makati Education Department, in a statement. They are also looking to hire 54 teachers, added the official.

This project will be a means of livelihood for folks working in the badly-affected sectors, explained Mayor Binay, as well as a way to help students with the "blended learning" method. The jeepneys-turned-learning-hubs will make rounds in several barangays of Makati City starting October. Top priority will be areas where students who have no gadgets or other learning tools. Teachers will also guide parents through the self-learning modules issued by the Department of Education.

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