The Manila City government has distributed food packs and rice assistance to more than 17,000 tricycle and pedicab drivers affected by the COVID-19 crisis here in the nation’s capital.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said a total of 3,872 pedicab drivers and 13,233 tricycle drivers received assistance by the local government earlier this week.

Domagoso said the distribution was carried out by the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB).

“Sana po ay maibsan man lamang ang inyong kagipitan sa mga panahon na ito,” the Mayor said.

Domagoso said that the transport sector was among the first ones affected by the strict implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila.

“Ang gobyerno nagdidisiplina, at ang gobyerno nagseserbisyo. Ang pagseserbisyo kailangan may malasakit at yan po eh sa maliit nating kaparaanan,” he said.

“Good luck po sa inyo. May awa ang Diyos, makararaos rin po tayo,” Domagoso added.

The food assistance was on top of the P1,000 cash aid being provided by the city government under the City Amelioration Crisis Assistance Fund.