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No franchise, no problem: DOTr extends livelihood options to PUV operators

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) extended a lifeline to public utility vehicle (PUV) operators and drivers who missed the April 30 consolidation deadline, offering them a chance to join government livelihood programs.

Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista said PUV operators and drivers could avail of the Tsuper Iskolar and enTSUPERneur programs, providing free skills training and entrepreneurship opportunities as alternatives to their current livelihood.

“We have a program called Entsuperneur and Tsuper Iskolar that TESDA will teach them and give them training for other livelihood opportunities,” Bautista said. “Those who are no longer able to operate, we are happy to give them training for other sources of livelihood.”

The enTSUPERneur program, a collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), aims to equip PUV operators and drivers with alternative income streams.

Bautista added that unconsolidated operators and drivers could still join existing transport cooperatives to continue working in the transportation sector.

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