Willie Revillame pledges P5 M to jeepney drivers, kin of OFWs killed in Beirut explosion

The families of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who died from the blast in Lebanon’s capital Beirut will each receive P100,000 each from Kapuso host Willie Revillame.

During his regular afternoon program “Tutok to Win” in GMA7, the TV host announced that he will be extending the assistance to them from his own pocket.

He also made the announcement earlier during the Palace press briefing this morning.

“I am willing to give, sa akin pong naipon, hindi naman ito pagmamayabang, ito lang ang puwede kong maitulong sa gobyerno,” Revillame said.

The assistance for these families will be coursed through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Revillame will also be giving P5 million assistance to the jeepney drivers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation will also be coursed through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Transportation.

Images and news reports of jeepney drivers begging on the streets for help from passersby were all around social media since last June.

Most of them weren’t able to ply their usual jeepney route even during the time when Metro Manila was under General Community Quarantine.

Not all of them, too, received cash aid under DSWD’s Social Amelioration Program.

“Balak ko ho ay magbigay ng P5 million ngayon, sa araw na ito, at handa ako na ibigay sa jeepney drivers na talagang namamalimos na,” he said.

Revillame also said he will find ways to again donate another P5 million next month to help those in need.

“P5 million ngayon, next month magbibigay ulit ako ng P5 million para doon ho sa mga tao na talagang nangangailangan,” he added. “Kung kakayanin ko monthly ito, sasabihin ko kay Secretary Harry Roque.”

Mark Nituma

Mark is the editorial director of TFT and is currently based in its Manila headquarters. Upon graduating from UP Diliman in 2010, he joined the internationally-awarded TV magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho as a researcher. Nearly a year later, he became one of its segment producers. In a span of five years with GMA7, he was able to travel not only the Philippines’ most beautiful spots but also the country’s least visited places—from some of the war-torn areas of Mindanao to impoverished parts of Luzon and Visayas—capturing a closer look at life in these communities. Mark also worked with various TV programs and specials such as Philippine Treasure and Reel Time. After his five-year stint in the media network, he flew to Dubai in 2016 to start his career as a journalist/reporter for The Filipino Times. Got story pitches? Send Mark an email at [email protected] or drop him a line on facebook.com/mark.nituma.

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