Modernization of PUVs will take up to 2020 – DOTr

admin   •   June 20, 2017   •   9917


MANILA — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program is not a sudden process.

Hence, DOTr assures that small operators and PUV drivers have nothing to worry about.

The agency said, three years would be enough for drivers and operators to replace their old units with new models of jeepney, bus and van.

Based on the data of the Transportation Department, passenger jeepneys have the highest number of units plying roads compared to other PUVs.

There are about 180,000 jeepney units in the country.

This is why the DOTr said improving jeepney units remains its priority.

To help in the process, the government in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines offers a financing program.

Dotr is now coordinating with the private sector for the lending program.

The Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allotted an initial of P1-billion for the more than 600 operators and drivers who wish to borrow money for the purchase of new jeepney units.

Beginning in the third quarter of this year, LTFRB said each public utility driver or operator may loan from P1.4 million to 1.6 million so they could buy new units.

LTFRB chairman Atty.Martin Delgra III said, “The equity that they would allow is as low as 5-6%. That’s how low it is. Now we’re looking at 5% interest rate for affected PUJ operators.”

He also said that the terms of the repayment scheme can be further expanded between 5 to 7 years.

“We know the franchise is good as 5 years. That’s why we are reviewing the policy on the life of the franchise in relation to the life of their loan obligation should they decide to take a loan,” added Delgra.

Under the program, a new jeepney model would have global navigation satellite system, CCTV, speed limiter and Euro-4 engine to prevent it from causing pollution.

The Department of Trade and Industry has been tasked to create the design for the new jeepney models.

Meanwhile, transport group Pasang Masda president, Obet Martin said, “Ito’y isang magandang indikasyon na nabuksan na muli ang aplikasyon ng prangkisa. At the same time, ang mga ilalagay na natin dito ay mga modern jeeps na; hindi na yung mga luma (This is a good indication that application for franchise has been reopened. At the same time, we are going to put modern jeepneys; no more old ones). ”

The process of PUV modernization is expected to be completed by year 2020, in which, all old units of PUVs will be phased out. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

PH to use cashless payment system in taxis to further curb COVID-19 spread – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday said it is working on forging partnerships with various digital payment providers for the implementation of cashless or contactless transactions in taxis and Transport Network Service Vehicles (TNVS) as part of the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, the DOTr said it has tapped payment platforms to help equip taxis and TNVS with scan-to-pay systems to limit direct physical contact between drivers and passengers, thus further curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Taxis and Transport Network Companies (TNC) are allowed to operate in areas placed under general community quarantine at reduced capacity and with strict health and safety protocols.

“Cashless and contactless payment scheme will now be part of the ‘new normal’ in the public transportation system,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

The DOTr said one of the first to tie-up with the government for this purpose is GCash.

Under the partnership, GCash will help enable taxi drivers to accept digital payments through the Scan To Pay app where GCash users only need to scan the unique QR code of the taxi unit they are riding in paying for their metered fares.

GCash is also offering the GCash PowerPay+ solution to taxi operators where they can send out salaries, allowances, and commissions through to their employees, or members nationwide, the DOTr said.

“GCash strongly supports the government’s call for the use of mobile payments to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 through surfaces such as paper money,” GCash Head of Payments Jovit Bajar said.

Authorities are also in talks with other payment platforms PayMaya, Squidpay and Beep, among others, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said in the same statement.

“We had consultations with these providers over the weekend. We are encouraging these digital payment providers to partner with taxi operators and TNCs to lessen the chance of COVID-19 spread,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said.

“On the part of the TNCs such as Hirna, Grab and Owto, they are already accepting cashless transactions,” he added.

Modern jeep operators sa NCR, naghahanda na para sa ‘new normal’

Robie de Guzman   •   May 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Naghahanda na ang mga operator ng modern jeepneys para sa muli nilang pagpasada kapag inilipat na sa general community quarantine (GCQ) ang National Capital Region (NCR).

Isa ang modern jeepneys sa mga uri ng pampublikong transportasyon na papayagan nang magbalik-operasyon sa ilalim ng GCQ, batay sa mga inilabas na panuntunan kamakailan ng Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Sa ilalim ng DOTr guidelines para sa public transport sa GCQ areas, papayagan ang muling pagpasada ng public utility vehicles (PUV) pero dapat ay nakasunod ito sa health and safety protocols kagaya ng pagsusuot ng face mask sa mga pasahero, driver at konduktor.

Limitado lang din ang bilang ng mga pasahero na maaaring isakay upang mapanatili ang social distancing. Kailangan ding maglagay ng sistema sa paniningil ng pasahe upang mabawasan ang physical contact.

Ayon kay Jojo Martin, ang national vice president for administration ng transport group na Pasang Masda, bagama’t hindi pa tiyak kung maisasailalim na ang Metro Manila sa GCQ pagkatapos ng May 31 ay inabisuhan na nilang maghanda ang kanilang mga miyembro.

Kabilang sa ginagawa nilang preparasyon ay ang pagmamarka sa mga upuan kung saan lang maaaring pumuwesto ang mga pasahero alinsunod sa social distancing measures.

“Ginawan po namin ng paraan yan na yung loob po ng upuan namin ay nilagyan namin ng yung kung bagay for social distancing. Naglagay po kami ng mga markers diyan which is makikita ng ating pasahero na yung mayrong letter X na nakalagay ay hindi po pwedeng upuan,” ani Martin.

Dahil kailangang may espasyo sa pagitan sa mga pasahero, 11 lang ang maaaring isakay sa 22-seating capacity na modern jeepney.

Nilagyan rin nila ng harang ang paligid ng driver upang nakabukod siya sa mga pasahero, at automated ang gagawin nilang sistema sa paniningil ng pasahe.

Ayon kay Martin, nakipag-ugnayan sila sa isang kumpanya para sa gagamitin nilang automated fare collection system.

Sa nasabing sistema, bibili ng card ang pasahero na gagamitin sa pagbabayad.

“Ang mga pasahero natin, bago sila bumili ng card, all they have to do is to fill out the form. Ilalagay nila ang data nila doon, they present the valid ID, kung saan sila nakatira edad, address or pangalan before bumili sila ng card,” paliwanag ni Martin.

Dagdag pa niya, maaari ding magamit ang sistemang ito sa contact tracing kung kinakailangan sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis, alinsunod sa kautusan ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“By that data, malalaman natin ang mga passenger na sumasakay sa ating modern jeepney, at malalaman natin sino nakasalamuha nila sa sasakyan,” paliwanag ni Alain-Jeth Castro ng Euodo Tech AFCS provider na kapartner ng Pasang Masda.

Bukod sa modern jeepneys, balak naman ng Pasang Masda na iapela sa DOTr na ikonsiderang payagan na rin ang pamamasada ng mga lumang jeep sa ilalim ng GCQ. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

GCash tapped for faster, safer distribution of cash aid to PUV drivers – DSWD

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Public utility vehicle (PUV) and transport network vehicle service (TNVS) drivers in the National Capital Region (NCR) who are qualified beneficiaries of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) may soon get their cash assistance through GCash, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced Thursday.

In a statement, the DSWD said the department, along with the Department of Transportation-Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, forged a partnership with G-Xchange, Inc. (GCash) for the distribution of cash subsidies to TNVS and PUV drivers and their families.

The DSWD said the partnership aims to facilitate a quicker and safer approach of cash disbursement since the payout scheme promotes cashless and contactless transactions, compliant to the health and safety protocols being implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

GCash is one of the mobile wallet platforms widely used in the Philippines.

The DSWD said that by leveraging financial technology for the disbursement of cash aid, the risk of crowding will be reduced in disbursement centers like banks, while also improving efficiencies, and promoting transparency and accountability.

“TNVS driver-beneficiaries may withdraw their subsidies via GCash from any Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) nationwide or use the funds to pay for physical and online transactions,” the department said.

“They may also use GCash to pay bills to over 70,000 merchants and billers, buy airtime load, and easily transfer money to other GCash account owners or bank accounts from over 40 financial institutions nationwide,” it added.

The development comes ahead of the distribution of the second tranche of SAP payout.

This also comes after Senator Grace Poe urged the government to tap online cash transfer systems to expedite the distribution of cash subsidy to driver-beneficiaries.

The DSWD vowed to continue to explore more efficient and expeditious means to ensure the provision of needed assistance to low-income families assessed to be most affected by the implementation of the community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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