LTFRB defers distribution of fuel voucher cards to July 17

Marje Pelayo   •   July 12, 2018   •   3792

 

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

List: Approved UV Express routes starting June 29

Marje Pelayo   •   June 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced that a total of 980 UV Express units will start operating on Monday (June 29) along 47 routes in and out of Metro Manila.

Under the guidelines set by LTFRB through Memorandum Circular No. 2020-025, all routes are strictly terminal-to-terminal only, meaning, drivers are not allowed to pick up or drop off  passengers along the way.

UV Express units are not allowed on EDSA and Commonwealth Avenue except to cross.

Fare rate shall remain at P2 per kilometer, according to the memorandum. and that no fare adjustment shall be applied unless approved by the agency.

Additionally, the following are salient provisions stated in the guidelines in relation to health protocols imposed by the national government in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic:

  • Operators must regularly examine a driver’s fitness to work, checking their body temperature and screening for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wearing of masks and gloves at all times is mandatory to all drivers and conductors.
  • Strictly “No Face Mask, No Ride” for commuters.
  • Exact fare shall be paid prior to boarding the PUV or operators/drivers may devise any fare collection system such as use of a fare drop-off to minimize/prevent transmittal of COVID-19.
  • Strictly two (2) passengers per row with passengers seated one seat apart.
  • Impermeable barriers must be installed to seal off the driver’s compartment and between rows of seats that are less than one (1) meter apart.

The guidelines for UV Express operations are in line with the “gradual, calibrated and calculated approach” of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on the resumption of public transportation in Metro Manila amid the general community quarantine (GCQ).

According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, failure to comply with the guidelines may warrant the imposition of fines and suspension or cancellation of their franchise.

LTFRB: UV express to resume operations within the month

Marje Pelayo   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced the possibility of allowing UV Express vehicles to ply the major roads of Metro Manila again before the end of the month.

According to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra, the agency is now finalizing the guidelines that will allow UV Express to resume operations before the end of June following the full deployment of modernized public utility jeepneys (PUJs).

Delgra added that the technical working group (TWG) is thoroughly studying the proposed measures that the operators and drivers of UV express should abide by under the government-imposed general community quarantine (GCQ).

“We are exhausting all efforts to balance our mandate in transportation with our responsibility of helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. That is why we are observing a gradual and calculated approach for the resumption of public transportation particularly in areas under GCQ,” Delgra said.

The LTFRB also assured that it is working double time to implement the second phase of the resumption of public transportation in Metro Manila which includes UV Express.

The first phase which was implemented from June 1 to 21, allowed the  resumption of public transportation in GCQ areas namely the rail transport, point-to-point (P2P) bus service, city buses, taxis, Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS), shuttle services, tricycles, and bicycles.

LTFRB adds 6 more routes for public utility buses

Marje Pelayo   •   June 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has announced that it is opening six more bus routes in Metro Manila to transport passengers.

Starting Tuesday (June 15), the following routes are open to public utility buses:

  • Route 14 (Ayala-Alabang)
  • Route 15 (Ayala-Biñan)
  • Route 27 (PITX-Trece Martires)

Meanwhile, three more bus routes will be opened on Thursday (June 18):

  • Route 23 (PITX-Sucat)
  • Route 26 (PITX-Naic)
  • Route 30 (PITX-Cavite City)

The LTFRB reminds bus drivers and operators to strictly follow health and safety protocols for passengers while in transit.

This includes the wearing of facemasks and gloves, regular disinfection of their respective units every after trip, installation of non-permeable and transparent dividers, and strict implementation of the passenger seating capacity under the IATF guidelines.

Overall, the LTFRB has opened 36 bus routes since Metro Manila shifted to a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) on June 1 with still limited means of transportation.

The initial 30 bus routes are as follow:

  • Portion of Route E (EDSA Carousel)
    *to augment MRT-3/partial operational
  • Route 1 (Monumento-Balagtas)
  • Route 2 (Monumento – PITX)
  • Route 3 (Monumento-Valenzuela Gateway Complex)
  • Route 4 (North EDSA-Fairview)
  • Route 5 (Quezon Avenue-Angat)
  • Route 6 (Quezon Ave.-EDSA Taft Ave.)
  • Route 7 (Quezon Avenue-Montalban)
  • Route 8 (Cubao-Montalban)
  • Route 9 (Cubao-Antipolo)
    *to augment LRT-2
  • Route 11 (Gilmore-Taytay)
  • Route 13 (Buendia-BGC)
  • Route 16 (Ayala Ave.-FTI)
  • Route 17 (Monumento-EDSA Taft)
    *to augment LRT-1
  • Route 18 (PITX-NAIA Loop)
  • Route 21 (Monumento-San Jose Del Monte)
  • Route 24 (PITX-Alabang)
  • Route 25 (BGC-Alabang)
  • Route 28 (PITX-Dasmariñas)
  • Route 29 (PITX – General Mariano Alvarez)

SOURCE: LTFRB Facebook Page

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