LTFRB-7 reminds Pantawid Pasada beneficiaries: Use fuel subsidy for fuel only

By: Delta Dyrecka Letigio - CDN Digital Multi-Media Reporter | November 25,2021 - 06:30 PM

Balik Pasada one-stop-shop at the Plaza Sugbo in Cebu City. | Photo Courtesy of Cebu City JTF

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The fuel subsidy from the Pantawid Pasada Program (PPP) is only for fuel.

This was the reminder of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas (LTFRB-7) to the 9,000 traditional jeepney operators and drivers in Central Visayas who are beneficiaries of the program.

Director Eduardo Montealto, Jr., said that they have launched another tranche of the PPP this week, but the actual distribution will most likely be on the first week of December.

The fuel subsidy for Central Visayas would most likely be at most P7,000, but this is yet to be determined by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Montealto notes that some drivers got their Pasada cards disqualified after they used this for purchases that are not for fuel.

“Ilang gigamit or giconvert into cash. Mao na atong warning sauna, duna na silay gipirmahan nga contract. Dili gyod ni para sa lain. Ang katong nigamit sa lain, automatic tong nablack list,” said director.

The director urged beneficiaries not to do this lest they get blacklisted and no longer qualify for the subsidy program. There are still no guidelines on how jeepney drivers or operators can get off the blacklist.

Those who got their PPP cards will immediately get the cash subsidies downloaded to their cards. As long as they have activated the cards in the past tranches, it is automatic.

“Kining traditional PUJs, wala gyod ni silay kumpanya. Individual na sila mao na sila gyod ato giprioritize,” said Montealto in a phone conference.

For those who lost their Pasada card, the office of the LTFRB-7 will be open to assist them. The agency is currently waiting for the guidelines of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for lost Pasada cards.

Jeepney drivers and operators who failed to claim their Pasada cards in the past year will also be disqualified from receiving the subsidy, but, they can seek assistance at the LTFRB-7 office.     /rcg


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TAGS: Central Visayas, fuel subsidy, jeepney drivers, LTFRB-7, operators, Pantawid Pasada beneficiaries, Pantawid Pasada Program, Pasada cards, PPP

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