Drivers of 10,287 public utility jeepneys in Western Visayas will soon receive P1,050 each in fuel assistance or a total of P10,801,350 under the government’s Pantawid Pasada or Public Transport Assistance Program, Rey Malleza of the Department of Energy-Visayas Field Office announced yesterday.
The Pantawid Pasada Cards will be turned over by the Department of Energy to the WV Land Transportation Office in Iloilo on June 9 that will in turn distribute them to their LTO field offices throughout the region for release to the drivers, he said.
Department of Interior and Local Government provincial director Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag said P150 each is also being distributed as assistance to drivers of franchised tricycles in Negros Occidental, through local government units.
To be covered in Negros Occidental are 25,400 tricycles and in Bacolod City 1,813 for a total of P4,081,950
The assistance to the Region 6 PUJ and tricycle drivers comes from the P450 million allocated by President Benigno Aquino from the government’s Malampaya Gas revenue for nationwide distribution following the increase in fuel prices, Malleza said.
Of the total amount, the DOE is tasked with the distribution of the P300M to PUJs and the DILG with the P150 million for tricycles, he added.
Qualified for coverage are PUJs with LTO registration and legitimate franchise holders as of March 31, 2011, and tricycles that were LGU registered as March 28, 2011, he added.
Pantawid Pasada cards for PUJ drivers can not be used as ATM cards, but solely to avail of P1,050 worth of liquid petroleum fuel at gas stations through a one-time purchase, or on a staggered basis, Malleza said.
The card may be used only for the unit bearing an actual plate number corresponding to the plate number indicated in the card, he added.
The card may be used at gasoline stations with a sign that says “Pantawid Pasada card accepted here,” Malleza also said.
The cards may also be used for any future government assistance until 2016, and as an identification card in availing Transport Fuel Discounts and other promos for the transport sector to be offered by oil companies starting June 1, he said.
In case of card loss, the franchise holder shall report to the DOE the loss and submit an Affidavit of Loss with a P50 payment.
Malleza said those who may have Pantawid Pasada questions may call the following hotlines -- Globe 0917-5560759 or 0917-4803488, Smart 0947-3925378, and Sun 0932-7786494.*CPG