DOTr to redistribute fuel vouchers by end of this year
Hardest hit by rising fuel prices are jeepney drivers and operators.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The rising prices of oil products as a result of the additional excise tax on fuel is hitting ordinary jeepney drivers and operators so hard that they are continuously pushing for a P2.00 fare increase.
To alleviate the impact of soaring fuel prices, the government is planning to reactivate the implementation of the “Pantawid Pasada Program” of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
Under the program, drivers will be given fuel vouchers which will help support their need for engine fuel. Transport Undersecretary Thomas Orbos, however, said the distribution of the vouchers is likely to begin in December this year. Orbos explained that the agency still needs to coordinate with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) regarding the database of public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers across the country to make sure that only qualified drivers will receive vouchers.
“Gusto muna naming siguraduhin na iyong binibigyan natin ng assistance ay sila iyong nararapat bigyan. Dapat kasi makita natin sino iyong mga legitimate drivers na nagda-drive ng legitimate na sasakyang pampubliko,” Orbos said.
Orbos added that they are still discussing the process and the amount of subsidy that drivers may get under the “Pantawid Pasada” program.
The program, Orbos believes, will encourage drivers of out-of-line or “colorum” vehicles to register their units to operate legally and to qualify for the fuel voucher.
Meanwhile, the government vows to suspend the excise tax on fuel once the price of oil hits $80 dollars per barrel in the world market. However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said they will have some discussions with the Department of Budget and Management as well as with the Department of Finance before the administration act on the matter.
Roque added that the President already directed concerned government agencies to provide the needed assistance to poorest families who have been affected by the surge in prices of commodities. — Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue
LTFRB Central, NCR Regional Office closed until April 26
MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as well as its regional office in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be closed until April 26.
The announcement was to give way for the swab testing of employees in the said LTFRB offices.
This means no transactions will be entertained in these offices until April 26 except for submission of applications in the receiving section of the agency’s Technical Division.
The public is advised to transact online or forward their concerns through e-mail messaging.
The following are transactions that can be processed online:
1. Request for Special Permit at Correction of Typographical Error: online.td@email@example.com
2. Request for Confirmation of Unit/s at Request for Franchise Verification: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Request for Issuance or Extension Provisional Authority: email@example.com
4. Legal Concerns/Query (Hearing Schedule and Status): firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Information Systems Management Division (ISMD): email@example.com
6. Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program National Project Management Office (PUVMP-NPMO): firstname.lastname@example.org
For inquiries regarding transactions with LTFRB-NCR, the public may direct their concerns to the agency’s Public Transport Online Processing System (P-TOPS) which can be accessed on the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.
DOTr, PPA to inaugurate new passenger building terminal of Tagbilaran Port on April 14
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will inaugurate the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of the Port of Tagbilaran.
The inauguration is scheduled for April 14 which will also be the formal start of the terminal’s operations.
“The completion of the development project is an important milestone for Tagbilaran City’s main seaport after it sustained significant structural damage from a strong earthquake in 2013,” the DOTr said in a statement.
The newly-completed PTB will augment the passenger capacity of the Port of Tagbilaran to further provide the public with more comfortable and convenient sea travel. It can accommodate 613 additional passengers, bringing the total capacity to 1,110.
In addition to the completed two (2)-story Passenger Terminal Building, the PPA also constructed a pump house, installed concrete pavements, and built lamp post foundations at the port. –AAC
Additional 195 routes for provincial buses to open April 15 — LTFRB
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that 195 routes in different parts of the country are set to open on Thursday (April 15) for the operation of 2,665 provincial public utility buses (PUBs).
This is in compliance with Memorandum Circular No. 2021-023 issued by the LTFRB and to uphold the mandate of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of providing convenient travel to the riding public.
Such a move is expected to minimize or fully stop the operation of out-of-line or “colorum” vehicles which the DOTr sees as among the main contributors to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to different parts of the country.
Though the LTFRB announced these new routes, protocols will still depend on the restrictions and requirements imposed by respective local government units (LGUs) particularly the decision to open their borders to public vehicles coming from other LGUs.
To check the additional routes, click this link.
Roadworthy provincial buses may operate if they have a valid personal passenger insurance policy in the new routes.
Vehicles allowed in the new routes are those with a QR code from LTFRB which must be printed and displayed in the bus unit.
QR Codes can be downloaded from the LTFRB’s official website www.ltfrb.gov.ph.