Jeepney operators stand to get P26,000 fuel subsidy
About 30,000 qualified jeepney operators could be looking at P26,000 in fuel subsidy every year as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) gears up to revive its Pantawid Pasada program at the end of 2018.
Transport Undersecretary Tim Orbos on Wednesday said they were now eyeing jeepney operators, instead of drivers, as the program’s beneficiaries.
“We’re trying to tie it up with our [public utility vehicle] modernization program… It’s ideal if the beneficiaries are the operators who also own the vehicles,” he said.
The P900-million Pantawid Pasada program seeks to cushion the impact on jeepney drivers of high fuel prices. —Krixia Subingsubing