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LTFRB defers distribution of fuel voucher cards to July 17

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2018

 

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

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DOTr orders suspension of LTFRB Exec. Dir. Jardin over corruption allegations

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2019

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Executive Director Samuel Jardin

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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Commuter, transport groups call for resignation of LTFRB’s Martin Delgra

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Some transport and commuter groups are dismayed by the sudden cut in jeepney fares without proper consultation from stakeholders.

The minimum jeepney fare of P9.00 took effect on Tuesday from the previous P10.00.

Tuesday (December 4) was supposedly the second hearing of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on the group’s petition to rollback the minimum jeepney fare to P8.00 instead of P9.00.

“Bakit bigla-bigla nilang kinansela itong hearing na ito? Ano ang dahilan? Bastusan na ba ito?” said RJ Javellana of the United Filipino Consumers and Commuters (UFCC) group.

The UFCC argued that the rollback was not enough because the price of oil has already been slashed many times to a significant amount.

Avellana said, even bus fares should also be rolled back following the oil price drop.

“Taong 2008 buwan po ng Mayo, ang presyo po ng diesel ay P46.40. Ang presyo po ng pamasahe ay P8. Ang pamasahe po kahapon P10 pesos. Ngayon ay P9.00 pesos pero ang diesel po ay naglalaro sa P38.80,” Avellana argued.

The transport group insisted that the LTFRB should have held a consultation or a hearing on the price cut prior to its implementation.

Efren de Luna of the Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO) said fare cuts or fare hikes shouldn’t be based solely on the price of oil.

De Luna said maintenance cost, discounts for senior citizens and students, the color-coding scheme as well as the traffic situation are also significant factors to be considered in planning for fare adjustments.

The group added that their petition for fare increase have long been stalled and have already incurred them losses in income.

“Dating nakakaanim na ikot kami, dahil sa matinding traffic naging  apat na lamang ang pag-ikot namin edi napakalaki ng pasahero na nawala sa amin,” De Luna lamented.

Meanwhile, former LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada expressed support to the complaints of the transport and commuters’ groups.

She believes that the resolution for a fare cut was drafted and released in haste.

“Ang proseso kasi nauuna si board member Corpuz and then to my office and then last si Chairman Delgra. So yung natanggap kong resolusyon tama yung protocol Corpuz, ako. Pero yung nilabas nila, Corpuz (to) Delgra. Hindi na idinaan sa akin when in fact I have 2 copies of the draft resolution signed by board member Corpuz,” Lizada said on the alleged breach of channeling in the recent fare reduction.

However, Lizada clarified that the agency has the power to impose fare reduction even without a petition and if the latest fare increase is only temporary.

Because of the controversy, the groups called on LTFRB Martin Delgra to resign as they accuse him of mismanaging the agency.

Delgra has yet to respond to their call.

Lizada, meanwhile, whose term in the LTFRB ends today, calls on her former colleagues to be more open and to listen to the queries of the agency’s stakeholders.

“My message to the members of the board: have time to dialogue with your stakeholders. Hindi po natin sila kalaban. Listen to them. If you want their cooperation, be open enough to meet them. Let us not meet them only when we need something from them. Let us meet them especially when they need us. That’s why we are placed there,” Lizada concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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LTFRB extends distribution of fuel cards to December 15

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Fuel card

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has extended the distribution of Pantawid Pasada Fuel Cards to jeepney drivers and operators until December 15.

This is to give operators ample time to submit the required documents for the availment of subsidy.

The deadline for distribution was supposedly on Thursday (November 29).

Based on records, there are around 66,000 operators from a total of 180,000 operators with legitimate franchises who have availed of the fuel cards since its launch in September.

The Pantawid Pasada Program aims at helping the drivers and operators cope with the series of oil price hikes in relation to the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. – UNTV News and Rescue

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