LTFRB issues show-cause orders vs two busway consortiums

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2021   •   182

MANILA, Philippines—The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday (October 18) issued show-cause orders against two consortiums operating along the EDSA Busway for failing to deploy sufficient number of buses.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra explained that the agreed cap on the maximum allowable units of bus units is at 550 buses, but the two consortiums on Monday only averaged as low as 120 units.

Minabuti nating mag-issue ng show-cause order (We decided to issue a show-cause order), directing the two consortiums running the EDSA Busway why their franchise or special permit in running the EDSA Busway should not be cancelled, suspended or that they be not penalized for deploying so few units,” he added.

He added that the two consortiums are receiving payment under the Libreng Sakay service contracting program yet there are still persistent reports of drivers and conductors not receiving their salary despite rendering  full service.

“Now that we have paid so much of this to operators already, particularly dito sa EDSA Busway Consortium or anyone for that matter, hindi na nila pwedeng gawing rason ang hindi pagbabayad sa kanilang drivers,” Chairman Delgra said.

He reminded bus operators of their obligation to pay employees as mandated under the Labor Code for the EDSA Busway Libreng Sakay Program. AAC

 

 

Listahan ng PUJ drivers at operators na makakakuha ng fuel subsidy, isinasapinal na – LTFRB

Robie de Guzman   •   November 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Isinasapinal na ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ang listahan ng public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers at operators na kwalipikado sa fuel subsidy program ng pamahalaan.

Ayon kay LTFRB Technical Division Head Joel Bolano, nasa 136,000 ang bilang ng mga benepisyaryo ng programa batay sa inilathala ng Department of Transportation (DOTr)

Ngunit paglilinaw ng opisyal, maaari pang mabago ang listahan ng mga benepisyaryo dahil kasama pa sa naturang bilang ang mga dati nang nakakuha ng bank account card sa ilalim ng pantawid pasada program noong 2018 at 2019.

Ayon kay Bolano, posibleng hindi na aktibo ang ilan sa mga benepisyaryo kaya kailangan pa munang ayusin ang listahan at isama ang ibang tsuper at operator na hindi nakakuha noon ng bank card pati na ang mga bagong operator.

“So, from the 136 (thousand) na iyon, baka yung iba inactive na. So, fina-finalize lang kaya mag-a-adjust talaga iyon. So, may effect iyon doon sa individual na amount,” ang pahayag ng opisyal.

Muli namang paalala ng LTFRB sa PUJ drivers at operators na gagamitin lang ang fuel subsidy para sa pamamasada alinsunod sa nilagdaan nilang kasunduan.

Ibibigay ang card sa mga tsuper upang magamit sa mga gasolinahan kapag kakargahan ng krudo sa kanilang operasyon.

Maaari din namang ang operator ang magpa-gas upang matiyak na walang gagastusin ang driver sa pagkakarga ng krudo.

Babala ng LTFRB, maaaring patawan ng parusa ang mga operator sakaling may paglabag sa programa.

Sa ngayon, patuloy na naghahanda ang LTFRB para sa pagpapatupad ng programa.

“Hopefully, mai-start na natin within this November mairo-rollout na natin iyan kasi ang pagkakaalam ko papasok na yung fund galing sa DBM to DOTr itong week na ito,” ani Bolano.

Ayon sa LTFRB, malalaman sa mga susunod na araw ang halaga ng subsidiyang makukuha ng mga tsuper kapag naisapinal na ang listahan ng mga benepisyaryo. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

LTFRB: fuel subsidy for PUJ drivers to be released next week

Maris Federez   •   November 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced that the budget for the fuel subsidy of public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers  will likely be released next week.

In an interview with LTFRB Technical Division chief Joel Bolano, the board is now preparing the list of qualified beneficiaries under the Pantawid Pasada program.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra has earlier said that only legitimate qualified franchise holders and their drivers particularly those who were in the traditional public utility jeepney sector will be covered by the subsidy.

The government’s decision to give subsidy to qualified drivers was prompted by the surging prices of fuel. —/mbmf

DOTr inaugurates expanded Puerto Princesa Port

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation on Thursday (November 4) inaugurated the expanded Puerto Princesa Port.

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago led the inauguration of the project which was completed on July 20, 2021.

The DOTr said the expanded Puerto Princesa Port aims for more productivity by strengthening its long-haul connection to Metro Manila and planned connectivity to the island of Mindoro through the Port of Bulalacao.

The port serves as the province’s primary maritime gateway for commerce, trade, and tourism.

“Around 1,500 international and local vessels call at Puerto Princesa Port per year, while it also handles approximately 1.7 metric tons of cargoes. Moreover, 200,000 passengers use the port annually, including almost 6,000 cruise-tourism passengers,” the DOTr said.

For the past five years, the Puerto Princesa Port underwent several expansions and improvements to address the needs of its users as the seaport. The expansion of the Puerto Princesa Port forms part of the 472 commercial and social-tourism projects completed by the DOTr and PPA nationwide since the Duterte administration took over in 2016. AAC

 

 

 

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