Pantawid Pasada Program Lands in Marikina City
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The national government has brought the "Pantawid Pasada Program" of the Duterte administration to the Marikina City Hall yesterday, distributing fuel cards to jeepney drivers and operators as a subsidy to help them cope with the increases in oil prices due to the imposition of a higher excise tax on fuel products at the start of this year.
Officers and staff of the Department of Transportation (DoTr), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines went to different cities in Metro Manila to distribute the cash cards. Marikina was the fifth stop after Quezon City, Manila, Alabang and Antipolo.
"Nag-umpisa kaming mamigay ng fuel cards noong August sa LTFRB main office sa Quezon City," said Emerson Cuadro, PUV inspector at the LTFRB, who was busy processing the applications. "Pag nakuha na nila ang kanilang card, pwede na nilang ma-activate agad."
Hundreds of jeepney drivers and operators from Marikina and nearby areas flocked to the Marikina City Hall yesterday where they presented the necessary documents to the LTFRB and DOTr staff to get their cards. The cards were immediately activated through a mobile Land Bank ATM, parked just outside of the City Hall.
Next stop will be in Caloocan City scheduled for today, Tuesday. After that, the card distribution will resume at the LTFRB main office in Quezon City.
The LTFRB started distributing the fuel cards containing P5,000 in August to various areas in the country. In Metro Manila, the first stop was the LTFRB headquarters.
The Pantawid Pasada fuel cards can only be used for purchasing fuel at participating petroleum retail outlets with the “Pantawid Pasada Card Accepted Here” sign posted. Using the card for other purposes will automatically disqualify the card owner from the program and its benefits.
"Pag ginamit nila itong card sa pag-withdraw ng pera sa Land Bank, maka-cancel ito at hindi na magagamit. Hindi na rin sila makakasali next year," said Emerson. "Dapat gamitin lang ito kapag bibili ng gasolina o diesel sa mga gas stations na kasali sa programa."
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has set aside P977 million this year for the first tranche of the Pantawid Pasada Program, providing a P5,000 subsidy to every operator and driver of jeepneys.
The second tranche of the program will be implemented in 2019, during which the DBM has allocated P3.86 billion, translating to a P20,541.82 subsidy per jeepney operator and driver.
(Photo credits: Alfred Javier of MASIDO and Marikina City PIO)
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