LTFRB defers distribution of fuel voucher cards to July 17
Marje Pelayo • July 12, 2018 • 3574
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has deferred its distribution of fuel voucher cards to drivers of public utility jeepneys (PUJ) supposedly set Thursday (July 12).
The LTFRB said they decided to postpone the distribution because of a need to fix the system of the Landbank of the Philippines. Also, the agency said they still need to orient jeepney operators on the proper use of the voucher.
The adjustment was also prompted by a sudden decision from stakeholders that instead of monthly, it will be a one-time distribution of the P5,000 fuel subsidy that will be deposited to each voucher card.
The Landbank management said that though they were surprised by the sudden change in the process, they promised to fix the bank’s system at the soonest possible time in order to begin the distribution of fuel vouchers hopefully on its next schedule on July 17.
“Binago iyong amount. Ginawang one time P5,000. Ngayon ko lang nalaman. Hindi na namin itutuloy ang distribution ng P833, plus hihingi kami ng pondo para lang sa one month so funding at correcting the amount. Tapos iyan sa Monday kaya ang distribution will be on Tuesday,” assured Alexander Buenaventura, President of the Landbank of the Philippines. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo
Nebrija further said that while there is still no court order, the MMDA will still push through with its preparations and their plans for the bus terminal closure, which the agency targets to implement in June.
“We’ll wait kung go or no go but we are still preparing, we’re still pushing with the plan. In the absence of a court order, we will push through with it,” he added.
The MMDA official believes that the impending implementation of the provincial bus ban on Edsa remains as one of the best alternatives to decongest Metro Manila roads.
Nebrija, however, said that they still haven’t come up with a timeline from preparations to implementation as they are still yet to receive the policy guidelines from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The MMDA had implemented a dry run of the bus ban in April but suspended it in less than a month.
Three were killed while 73 were injured when an AMV Travel and Tour Bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck along Maharlika Highway diversion road.
Based on the initial investigation, “human error” is the cause of the accident.
The LTFRB also discovered that the tour bus was traversing in an authorized route. They will also file a preventive suspension order against the other bus units of AMV Travel and Tours.—(with reports from Joan Nano)
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade has ordered the preventive suspension of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Executive Director Samuel Jardin over allegations of corruption.
According to the DOTr’s press release, a formal complaint was also filed against Jardin for grave misconduct, wherein he allegedly solicited money amounting to PhP4.8 million in exchange for facilitating and granting the application for a Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC).
As part of the internal investigation of the DOTr, Jardin is required to submit a Verified Answer, including documentary evidence, within three days from receipt of the formal charge.
The news release maintained that Secretary Tugade has strongly reiterated that any corrupt deed, or the perception thereof, in the ranks of the DOTr offices and attached agencies will not be tolerated.
During the DOTr flag raising ceremony at the central office in Clark, Pampanga on Tuesday (April 2), Tudage announced that two high-ranking officials, then unnamed, will be meted orders of preventive suspension for alleged involvement in corruption.
With this, the DOTr issued a stern warning that disciplinary action shall come swift and unrelenting to any official or employee, no matter the rank, for the slightest hint of corruption.
According to the press kit, the transportation department maintained to wholly support the campaign of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte against graft and corruption; and that it shall not hesitate to exercise its full power and authority to rid its ranks of errant officials and employees.
The preventive suspension order, issued on Wednesday (April 3), will last for a period of 90 days. – Maris Federez
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