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Fuel Subsidy: LTFRB Reveals How Much Drivers will Receive

Gov’t Speaks on Fuel Subsidy for Drivers amid Oil Price Hike

FUEL SUBSIDY – Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said that 136,000 public utility jeepney will receive it.

The series of oil price hike in the Philippines has doubled the burden of the drivers of public utility vehicles. Many jeepney drivers complain that they can hardly make profits to cope with their family’s needs because of the high prices of fuel.

Weeks ago, the PUV drivers endured a series of price increases on fuels amid restrictions that limit their passengers to give way for social distancing inside the jeepney. It is aside from the fact the population of commuters reduced due to the situation now.

Many companies adopted the remote setup in their offices thus a part of the workforce stays at home. Schools also adopted blended learning and most students remain at home for more than a year now. They are taught through modules and online classes.

Fuel Subsidy

The PUV drivers called for assistance from the government amid the oil price hike. Some transport groups even united on pushing for a P3.00 increase on the minimum fare in jeepneys.

Recently, the LTFRB spoke on the fuel subsidy for PUV drivers. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, under the national government’s fuel subsidy program, 136,000 jeepney drivers will receive P7,200.00 each. They can only use it for fuel and not for other purposes.

According to the report, the fuel subsidy can be used in refueling at Shell, Petron, Seaoil, Total, Caltex, Ketti Petroleum, Unioil, and Petro Gazz. LTFRB said that 73,000 of the beneficiaries have already received their fuel subsidy through their Pantawid Pasada Program cards. The drivers are not allowed to withdraw the fund and use it for other purposes.

LTFRB also showed support in coming up with programs that would help drivers of other public utility vehicles. More updates may be posted soon.

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