Thousands of PUV, trike operators, drivers receive PP fuel subsidy cards PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 16:12

Thousands of public utility vehicle (PUV) and tricycle operators and drivers in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula yesterday officially received their Pantawid Pasada (PP) card loaded with P1, 050 worth of fuel from the Land Transportation Office (LTO-9).

The PP program has been initiated by the Office of the President to assist and operators and drivers of PUJ in the entire country who have been suffering from the continuous increase of fuel prices.

Some P300 million for drivers of PUJ and P150 million for tricycle drivers in the entire country have been allocated for the purpose, said DOE Under-Secretary Jose Layug Jr. who came over to Zamboanga City to personally hand the PP cards to LTO-9 Director Aminola Abatun, which were later turned over to the respective LTO officials in the region.

During the official launching of the Pantawid Pasada Program yesterday morning at LTO-9 office, Layug explained to the drivers and operators the laudable intention of President Aquino in coming up with this kind of program that will somehow ease them from the uncontrollable increase of fuel prices.

Beneficiaries of the PP program can use their card 10 days after receipt and can only be accepted at gasoline stations with terminal machines where to swipe their cards when re-fueling, Layug said.

In Zamboanga City, no one from among the gasoline stations have that terminal machines but Layug said that instruction have already been given to gasoline station owners to put up one in their respective station as soon as possible.

PP program beneficiaries can utilize the P1,050 card-load in one occasion and or use it gradually, Layug said.
According to Layug, the PP card will last until 2016 but its load worth P1,050 should be used within six months.

Drivers have also been advised to keep their cards with them after consuming the load in preparation for another subsidy if in case prices of petroleum products in the world market will continue to increase.

There are more or less 1, 869 legitimate PUJs running in the street in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula and more than a million of tricycles in the whole country. — Jimmy Villaflores