Transportation group questions distribution of cash subsidy

Passengers wearing masks for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wait for a jeepney with plastic barriers inside to maintain social distancing, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO) said on Tuesday, January 12, that most public utility jeepney drivers and operators have yet to receive the cash subsidy from the national government.

ACTO president Efren De Luna questioned reports that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have distributed 87.52 percent of the Php 1.158 billion budget for the direct cash subsidy under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

De Luna stressed that the Php 6,500 cash subsidy have only reached Pantawid Pasada Program card-holders, which he said makes up only around 30 percent of the public transportation injury.

“Yung mga tinatawag natin na mga 70 to 60 percent ay iyon ang hindi makakatanggap dahil wala, hindi nagkaroon ng pagkakataon  na mabigyan ng Pantawid Pasad card,” the transport group leader said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.

De Luna also said that public utility jeepney drivers need to have a contract with the Department of Transportation and LTFRB in order to benefit from government programs.

Paano kami makakasali doon sa mga programang magaganda ng gobyerno, samantala doon sa alituntunin ng implementation ng DOTr, LTFRB ay kailangan ng service contracting, kailangan ikaw ay tumtakbo na, bumibyahe na,” he said.

De Luna urged President Rodrigo Duterte and the Philippine Congress to further allow public transportation to resume operations amidst the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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