1,000 Kilograms of Waqf Rice Support Bus Company Workers in Magelang

The effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 by prohibiting homecoming at the moment of Eid had a big impact on bus company workers. Their income fell drastically at a time when they should have been able to make a lot of money.

Distribution of food package
Distribution of food package assistance to drivers in Magelang. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, MAGELANG – From the end of Ramadan until a few days after Eid ul-Fitr, the government officially applied the homecoming ban, aiming to curb the spread of the Covid-19 cases that have been increasing every day. Unfortunately, this prohibition has had an impact on some parties, one of which is public transport drivers who usually make more money during Eid season because they can carry many passengers.

Joko, one of the bus drivers in Magelang said that the homecoming ban had a big impact on the number of passengers and, consequently, his income. "Now, the road is empty, and it's difficult to get passengers. I once earned only IDR 20,000," he said on Wednesday (12/5/2021).

His fellow public transport drivers in Magelang also felt the same way. Now, they have to face the impact of the homecoming ban amid the economic deterioration due to the pandemic since March 2020.

Realizing some parties have to face this condition, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) in the days ahead of Eid ul-Fitr distributed food aid to public transport drivers in Magelang. A thousand kilograms of Waqf Rice were distributed to them. The delivery of aid was supported by volunteers from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI).

"The distribution covers the Magelang municipality and regency. Apart from the drivers, the conductors also received this assistance. This action was initiated by ACT with generous support to assist residents affected by the homecoming prohibition aimed to curb the spread of Covid-19 virus," said the Branch Manager of ACT Magelang Giyanto.

Apart from Magelang, the distribution of humanitarian aid for public transport workers also took place in Jakarta and Aceh. []