PUV drivers, delivery riders to receive fuel subsidy on Sept. 13

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 12) — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it will begin distributing the ₱3-billion fuel subsidy for transportation workers on Sept. 13, Wednesday.

“Kinakailangan lamang na mayroong bisa ang prangkisa ng pampublikong sasakyan o nakarehistro ito sa LTFRB upang maging kwalipikadong benepisyaryo sa naturang programa,” the agency said.

[Translation: Those with active franchises and registered with the LTFRB are qualified beneficiaries of the program.]

Operators of modern jeepneys and UV Express will receive ₱10,000, while operators of other PUVs will get ₱6,500.

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Information and Communications Technology will distribute ₱1,200 cash subsidy to delivery service riders, while the Department of the Interior and Local Government will lead the distribution of ₱1,000 to tricycle drivers.

The amount of aid is based on how much gas is used by the vehicle, the LTFRB explained.

LTFRB Technical Division Head Joel Bolano told CNN Philippines' Traffic Center on Tuesday that public utility vehicle drivers and operators will be on the first list of beneficiaries that will be submitted to the Landbank of the Philippines.

Drivers and riders will receive the cash aid through their bank accounts, e-wallet accounts, or through their fuel subsidy card if they are registered beneficiaries of the program, the agency added.

Bolano said that for beneficiaries with Landbank accounts, the subsidy will be reflected within the bank's day of crediting.

For those with accounts in other banks or e-wallets, Bolano said the subsidy will be credited within a few days of the distribution.

The LTFRB said 1.36 million transportation workers—including operators of jeepneys, UV Express, buses, minibuses, taxis, transportation network vehicle services, shuttle services, tourist transport services, school shuttle services, tricycle drivers, and delivery service riders—will benefit from the financial aid amid the surging oil prices.

Furthermore, Bolano said that all beneficiaries went through an initial "cleansing process" to ensure that they were qualified for the subsidy.