P724-M cash subsidy released to more than 110,000 PUV operators

Marje Pelayo   •   December 2, 2020   •   1156

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in cooperation with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), has distributed over P724-million cash subsidy to operators of public utility vehicles (PUVs) whose operations were affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said the amount is part of theP1.158 billion budget intended for the Direct Cash Subsidy Program under the Bayanihan To Recover As One Act or the Bayanihan 2.

Ito ay patunay na determinado ang pamahalaan na sila ay tulungang makabangon, at hindi sila pababayaan habang dumaranas tayong lahat ng hagupit ng pandemya (This proves that the government is determined to help them recover and will not leave them while we are experiencing the impact of the pandemic),” Chairman Delgra said.

Under the program, each operator is given P6,500 cash assistance for each PUV unit that belongs in their fleet.

To date, Delgra said, the LTFRB already released 62.53% of the total P1.158 billion fund allotted for the program under Bayanihan 2 which totaled to P724,516,000.

The remaining 37.47% or P434,060,000 will be released to qualified PUV operators in the coming weeks.

The LTFRB clarified that the beneficiaries of the direct cash subsidy are operators of the following PUVs with existing routes: 

  • Public Utility Bus (PUB);
  • Point-to-Point Bus (P2P);
  • Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ);
  • Mini-Bus;
  • UV Express; and
  • FilCab

The cash subsidy can be claimed through Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) Pantawid Pasada Program (PPP) Cash Cards or can be deposited directly to the beneficiaries’ existing LBP account or other banks through PESONet or INSTAPay.

Since the distribution started on Monday (November 16), more than 110,000 PUV operators have already received the direct cash subsidy from the government.

DOTr bars unvaccinated persons, minors, senior citizens from using public vehicles in NCR

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday announced it will be temporarily prohibiting unvaccinated individuals in the National Capital Region (NCR) from using public transport vehicles when traveling domestically via land, sea, and air.

In a statement, the DOTr said this is in recognition and support of the resolution issued by the Metro Manila Council, which was approved by the mayors in the municipality and cities in the region.

“The same prohibition is likewise applicable to individuals aged 17 and below, senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with comorbidities,” the transportation department said.

The measure will be enforced while Metro Manila is under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from January 3 to January 15, it added.

The DOTr, however, clarified that the prohibition does not cover the procurement of essential goods and services, and is subject to the production of proof to support and justify such travel.

“The DOTr and its attached agencies shall closely coordinate with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on the enforcement of the said policy,” it said.

The NCR was reverted back to Alert Level 3 following a steep increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The Inter-Agency Task Force also placed under level 3 nearby areas of Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna from January 5 to January 15.

Public transport operation in the capital region is currently capped at 70%.

The DOTr earlier warned to impose sanctions against public transport operators that will fail to ensure the strict observance of maximum capacity and public health protocols as stated in IATF guidelines.

70% PUV passenger capacity, papayagan na sa NCR, karatig-probinsiya simula Dec. 9 – LTFRB

Robie de Guzman   •   December 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ipatutupad na ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ang ilang pagbabago sa passenger capacity load sa public utility vehicles (PUV) simula sa Huwebes, Disyembre 9.

Ayon sa LTFRB, ang mga pagbabago ay alinsunod sa alituntuning inilabas ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

Batay sa LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2021-076, nasa 70% na ang papayagang passenger capacity load sa mga PUV sa National Capital Region (NCR) at mga probinsiyang kasama sa Metro Manila Urban Transportation Integration Study (MMUTIS) Update and Capacity Enhancement Project (MUCEP).

Ang mga probinsiyang ito ay kinabibilangan ng Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, at Rizal.

Para naman sa mga rehiyon na 50% passenger capacity load ang ipinaiiral sa mga PUV ngunit mayroon ng 30% Vaccination Rate ngayong Disyembre, sinabi ng LTFRB na maaari na ring iakyat sa 70% ang kanilang passenger capacity load.

“Sa mga rehiyon na maaari nang maipatupad ang 70% passenger capacity load ngunit hindi pa nakukumpirma ang 30% Vaccination Rate, kailangan magsumite ng Regional Franchising and Regulatory Board (RFRO) ng Memorandum to the Board kasama ang Certification of Vaccination Rate na manggagaling sa Regional IATF o Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office,” ayon sa ahensiya.

Para sa mga inter-regional routes, susundin ang mga sumusunod na alituntunin patungkol sa Passenger Capacity:

  • Mga PUV na bibiyahe papuntang Metro Manila, susundin ang passenger capacity ng rehiyon na pinanggalingan ng PUV
  • Sa mga PUV na bibiyahe mula Metro Manila, susundin ang passenger capacity ng rehiyon na end point ng biyahe
  • Sa mga inter-regional routes na hindi dadaan ng Metro Manila, susundin ang rehiyon na may mas mababang passenger capacity.

Paalala ng LTFRB sa transport operators na sundin ang mga patakaran ng ahensya.

Ang mga mahuhuling lalabag ay papatawan ng kaukulang parusa at multa, at maaaring tanggalan ng certipikasyon.

Epektibo ang polisiyang ito hanggang sa Enero 4, 2022.

Pangilinan proposes expansion of fuel subsidy to other PUV drivers in 2022

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Senator Francis Pangilinan wants the coverage of the government’s fuel subsidy beneficiaries to be expanded next year once the prices of petroleum products increase anew.

During the Senate deliberation on the 2022 budget of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Pangilinan proposed that a special provision be added to the General Appropriations Bill for 2022.

Pangilinan said this will extend the coverage of the Pantawid Pasada Program to public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers once the prices of crude oil in the world market go up to USD 80 per barrel.

“It can or may include taxi, tricycle drivers, ride-hailing, delivery services considering that we are still in a state of emergency,” Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan said the fuel subsidy is only limited to legitimate public utility jeepney franchise grantees.

Senator Grace Poe who sponsored the DOTr’s budget agreed to Pangilinan’s proposal.

The DOTr’s proposed 2022 budget for its fuel subsidy program is at Php5-billion.

“The aim of this Php5 billion is for 365,000 units of PUV to be subsidized at 13,500 per unit. But if we can expand the program so that those in the other types of PUV can be covered that would certainly be welcome if we can find funding for that,” Poe said.

Transport group, Pasang Masda, welcomed this Senate initiative.

“Maganda na yung may mga initiative na ganito na talagang mayroon silang mga magandang programa para sa mga drivers ng pampublikong sasakyan. Ako’y nagpapasalamat dito,” said Pasang Masda president Obet Martin.

Martin, however, said drivers are still awaiting the fuel subsidy for this year.

He also called on Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chairman Martin Delgra regarding the implementation of fuel discounts in select gasoline stations.

“Ang ceiling na hinihingi namin P3 hanggang P5 kung makakaya nila hanggang sa mataas lang ang presyo ng petroleum products. Eh ngayon nga medyo bumababa na, eh hindi pa rin namin nararamdaman ‘to,” Martin said.

The group also hopes that the government’s free ride project will continue in 2022.

The DOTr has allotted around Php10-billion budget for the service contracting program for 2022.

Poe said the Senate Committee on Public Services will look closely at the transportation department’s implementation of its programs to ensure that PUV drivers are well-protected. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)


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