LTFRB 11 hopeful fuel subsidy will be released soon

A man walks pass Public Utility Buses (PUBs) inside a private garage near Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) on Friday. The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board 11 (LTFRB 11) said it is hopeful that the fuel subsidy for the Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) drivers and operators in the Davao Region will be released soon. LEAN DAVAL JR
A man walks pass Public Utility Buses (PUBs) inside a private garage near Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) on Friday. The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board 11 (LTFRB 11) said it is hopeful that the fuel subsidy for the Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) drivers and operators in the Davao Region will be released soon. LEAN DAVAL JR

An official of the Land Transportation and Regulatory Board 11 (LTFRB 11) is hopeful that the fuel subsidy for the Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) drivers and operators in the Davao Region will be released soon.

Nonito “Dondon” Llanos III, regional director of LTFRB 11, announced on Thursday that the appropriation for this matter is already available, however, downloading it to the accounts of the drivers and operators may take time as there are government procedures to be followed.

In Davao Region, there are 15,000 operators or beneficiaries will receive the fuel subsidy but there is no order yet from the central office for the release of the aid.

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) announced that the distribution of the said aid would start last month.

“Ang reason ngano wala dayon na release ang ayuda kay tungod naa tay previous na mga ayuda ug naay pamaagi ang gobyerno ug naa pud ta’y COA to check kung na liquidate ba ni ang mga previous na ayuda. Karon I think there is already a clearance. Hopefully, anytime soon and hopefully dili ta maapektuhan sa election bond, hopefully naay exemption na mapangayo ang atong central department. Mao na ang among gina ampo kay dapat dugay nani nahatag but because of the process of the government and to protect the coffers also of the government mao nang musunod gyud ta,” Llanos said.

The details of the said aid were laid out under Memorandum Circular No. 2023-038 or the “Guidelines on the Implementation of Fuel Subsidy Program.” The distribution follows the signing of the memorandum of agreement and Joint Memorandum Circular No. 02, series of 2023 by the Department of Transportation (DoTr), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Energy (DOE), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and the LTFRB.

The target beneficiaries of the program include operators of public utility jeepneys (PUJ), UV Express, minibusses, public utility buses (PUB), shuttle services, taxis, tourist transport services, school transport services, transportation network vehicle services, delivery services, and tricycles.

The distribution of the subsidy will be based on the brackets: operators of modern PUJs and UVEs who are qualified under the program will receive P10,000 as a subsidy, while operators of other PUVs, whether modern or not, will each receive a P6,500 subsidy,

“Mao ni ang ginaingon nga we have to incentivize. It is our goal na ang atong transport sector to encourage the individual to create their transport service entities like coops and corporations. Kaning mga nagsugod na ug modernize tagaan ug taas taas na ayuda because these are the very coops na misunod gyud ug nasabtan nila ang programa na it is high time for us to level up our transportation. Nakita sa gamhanan na to give importance to their efforts,” Llanos explained.

He also said that the LTFRB handles the distribution of subsidies for jeepney, bus, and taxi operators and drivers, while the DILG is in charge of the fuel subsidy for tricycle drivers and operators.

Meanwhile, DTI is in charge of the subsidy for delivery drivers.

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