MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) presented to the public, Thursday, 16 prototype jeepneys that would replace the old jeepney models.
This is part of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program.
The jeepney models presented earlier were all locally-manufactured.
The designs were based on the standard set by the DTI and the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The door of the PUV is placed on the right side of the driver for proper monitoring of boarding and disembarking passengers.
The new jeepneys also have CCTV cameras, Wifi, gobal positioning system (GPS) that would ensure the security of passengers.
The passenger seats in some of the jeepney designs are front-facing, which is based on the old jeepney unit designs.
It also uses automated fare collection or beep cards for the payment of fares.
The jeepneys use Euro 4 engine that spews lesser smoke, to prevent air pollution.
Each model can carry up to 25 passengers.
According to the DTI, the development of the jeepneys could help improve the livelihood of PUV drivers and operators.
“It will encourage more passengers to ride because it is now more comfortable,” DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez said.
The LTFRB and DTI vow that the government will prepare an effective financing program that would help drivers and operators keep pace with the PUV modernization.
“We’re working out with the Department of Finance and with government financial institutions to give out a very generous financial package to jeepney operators,” LTFRB Atty. Martin Delgra III said.
The price of each unit of a modernized jeepney ranges from P1.2 to 1.6 million.
For now, the Transportation Department is now focusing on the designation of PUV routes to ensure an effective public transportation in the country. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
DTI welcomes measures granting more power to agencies to temper inflation
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez | DTI Photo
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other agencies now holds more authority to adopt measures that could lower the price of basic goods through the memorandum and administrative orders signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Under the Memorandum Order No. 26, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the DTI are directed to adopt measures to reduce the gap between farm gate prices and retail prices of agricultural products such as setting up public outlets and cold storages where poultry producers can directly sell their products to consumers.
DTI said helping farmers and manufacturers directly deliver their products to retail outlets can help lower prices and remove intermediary layers.
The agency cites as an example the prices of chicken and pork that may be lowered by P20 per kilogram while canned goods and vegetables by one to two pesos.
“Yung producers ng manok, ng gulay, baboy mga agricultural products diretso na sa isang outlet para sa mga consumers na mas accesible sa kanila wala na masyadong trade layers yung mga patong na sinasabi natin,” said DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo.
DTI also welcomed the signing of Administrative Order No. 13 which removes non-tariff barriers and streamlines administrative procedures on the importation of agricultural products such as rice and meat.
“Kapag nabawasan ang procedure mababawasan ang cost malaki ang maitutulong na mapababa ang presyo,” said Castelo.
DTI is also given the power to create a surveillance team together with the Philippine National Police to monitor agricultural products and curb hoarding practices.
The National Food Authority (NFA) and the Bureau of Fisheries were also authorized by the President to import additional rice and fish supply when necessary even if it is beyond the minimum access volume.
And to lower the import cost, DTI and DA are ordered to improve logistics, transport, storage and distribution of agriculture and fishery products under the Memorandum Order No. 27.
The orders of the president, aim at taming the country’s inflation, are effective immediately. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
Manufacturers agree to 3-month price freeze : DTI
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said manufacturers of basic necessities and prime commodities have agreed not to raise prices until the end of 2018.
Among the products that will not increase in price are sardines, canned meats and laundry detergents.
DTI is still waiting to hear from manufacturers of milk, coffee and noodles regarding their appeal.
“Itigil muna kung may plano silang mag increase. Kahit singkwenta sentimos wag muna; ipagpaliban na nila yun. Kahit mga tatlong buwan para wag na magsabay sabay dito sa inflation,” said DTI Secretary Mon Lopez.
The agency revealed that 25 percent of the 200 prime commodities they have been monitoring have already increased in prices.
After granting last minute requests for a price increase, DTI will refrain from accepting any more applications for now.
An updated expanded list of suggested retail prices will be released this week.
DTI assured that they will be able to keep prices of prime commodities stable.
However, what needs to be monitored now are prices of agricultural products such as rice, vegetables, fish chicken and pork.
Meanwhile, consumer group, Laban Konsyumer, plans to file a complaint with the ombudsman against DTI officials.
The group said, DTI violated its mandate of providing public service and good governance.
Dimagiba was the one who suggested the implementation of a 9-month moratorium on price increases.
The administration’s economic managers on the other hand assured that prices will be stable by next year
PH gov’t eyes importation to lower prices
Market in Buhi, Camarines Sur
MANILA, Philippines — The National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) immediately convened following the announcement of the 5.7 percent inflation last July.
In the meeting, the NPCC identified the commodities that increased in price which include rice, fish, vegetables and sugar.
To address this problem, the government will soon import such products to augment the supply.
NPCC chairman and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said, “When we talk of importation kailangang masigurado rin na it will really go to the retail; either diresto sa market o diresto sa mga user industries.”
The government is also eyeing the implementation of a five percent tariff on the prices of imported products to protect the local industry and farmers from the impact of the tariffication of sugar, rice and other commodities.
Lopez added that the high price of oil in the world market is the main culprit in the surge of prices and not the tax reform law.
“Na wrong timing itong TRAIN implementation, but it’s a needed reform but pero without the TRAIN makikita mo, kung hindi tayo nag TRAIN talagang yung presyo tataas because of the world oil price yung galaw nya.”
Meanwhile, a consumer group is offering another solution.
For Laban Konsyumer group, the NPCC must implement a moratorium on the price increases listed on the expanded suggested retail price and discourage the use of easy-open lid for canned products as it costs higher than the regular canned sardines and meat.
The group also suggests that the National Food Authority start the implementation of the 10 to 50 percent discount to consumers and to strictly monitor the price of basic goods in all the market in the country
Meanwhile, the government is appealing to the public to wait for three more months to feel the effect of these solutions. — Mon Jocson