Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III on October 26, 2020, urged the beneficiaries of the agency’s Free Bisikleta (FreeBis) project to take their jobs seriously and help those in need.

“Strive harder, take your job seriously. I assure you that this livelihood assistance that we have provided will be a success. Take advantage of this opportunity and make it good,” Bello told the displaced workers from the formal and informal sector who were selected as recipients of the livelihood program launched at the DOLE main office in Manila.

Top photo: FREE BIKES. Some informal sector workers displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in Metro Manila get free bicycles that they would use as delivery riders, during the launch of the Department of Labor and Employment’s FreeBis (free bicycle) project in Manila on Monday (Oct. 26, 2020). The bicycles distributed in the National Capital Region come complete with helmet, raincoat, water bottle, thermal bag, and Android mobile phone with a PHP5,000 load in electronic payment application. (PNA photo by Avito Dalan)

In Metro Manila alone, an initial 850 bicycle units will be given to beneficiaries pre-selected by the local government units.

“Maybe one day you’ll get rich and you’ll be the one who will give bicycles. Make sure of that,” he added.

Aside from the launching in the National Capital Region held in the cities of Manila, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong, and Pasig, the event was also simultaneously held in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, and Bacoor, Cavite.

In Metro Manila, the beneficiaries received bicycle units that they will use as delivery riders of partner companies Grab and LalaFood.

The package consists of a bicycle, helmet, raincoat, water bottle, thermal bag, and Android mobile phone with a PHP5,000 load in electronic payment application.

The FreeBis beneficiaries have been pre-selected by the local government units.

Bello also hopes that other private companies as well as local government units will also partner with the labor department in the undertaking.

For those who would like to avail of the program, they may visit the DOLE field offices or the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in their areas. (Ferdinand Patinio, PNA)