By Aira Genesa Magdayao
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – The city government’s cash and fuel subisidy program for the local transport sector kicked off Wednesday, May 5, and will last until May 15.
Under this program, selected jeepneys and multicabs designated by the city government will be offering free rides to the public.
Two separate ordinances were passed on Monday by the City Council, providing cash subsidies of P500 daily for multicab drivers and operators, on top of a daily gasoline subsidy of 12 liters.
Tricycles, apart from being allowed to operate in national highways during the general community quarantine (GCQ), will receive two liters of gasoline per day, also from May 5-15.
The measure also provides that the fuel subsidy can be withdrawn by the qualified beneficiaries in bulk between May 5 to May 8, in a gasoline station which will be to be designated by the city government.
Majority floor leader Councilor Victor Oliveros said around 500 multicabs and 6,000 franchised tricycles are qualified for the subsidy.
The subsidy was designed to encourage public utility vehicles to observe physical distancing in accommodating passengers.
“This program aims to bring back the transportation sector in the city. Due to GCQ, there are certain protocols that need to be followed, so that, there are limited people allow to go outside. The transport sector will really be affected by this policy- social distancing. Based on the ordinance, multicabs will receive 12 liters of gasoline daily while two liters for tricycles. Currently, we have around 500 multicabs and 6,000 franchised tricycles,” Oliveros said.
He said there will be an estimated 100 jeepneys and multicabs that will be marked specifically to offer free rides to the public.
“Free rides are for selected multicabs. There are designated drivers and operators, more or less 100, spread throughout existing routes,” Oliveros said.
A separate ordinance was also approved Monday, which will provide for the application of special rates for tricycles during the ECQ period.