By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Oil company Phoenix Petroleum assured that it will continue to provide fuel subsidy for vehicles participating in the government’s free ride service program for health workers until June 30.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Tuesday that the oil firm has guaranteed to provide 30 liters of fuel a day to 60 private bus companies participating in its “Free Ride Service for Health Workers” program, or a total daily allocation of 1,800 liters or an additional 27,000 liters.
President Duterte announced on Monday night that the National Capital Region will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) until the end of the month.
DOTr Undersecretary for Administrative Service Artemio Tuazon Jr. said the assurance of a fuel subsidy is a welcome development and thanked Phoenix Petroleum for its decision to extend the assistance.
“This fuel subsidy will enable us to help with the transportation needs of our health workers, especially now that the National Capital Region and its neighboring regions are under GCQ,” Tuazon said.
Aside from Phoenix Petroleum, oil companies Petron Corporation, CleanFuel, Seaoil Philippines, and Total Philippines have also partnered with the DOTr in providing fuel subsidies for vehicles participating in the free ride program in the Greater Manila Area.
Since its launching in March, the DOTr said that the program has breached the 1-million total ridership mark nationwide. As of June 14, at least 1,138,299 medical frontliners have been ferried through the program including the 321,756 ridership in the Greater Manila Area and 816,543 from other regions.
The program aims to ferry frontline health workers to hospitals and medical communities daily, as transportation remains limited under GCQ while the country continues its fight to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The DOTr Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program is a collaborative effort between the DOTr and various government agencies, as well as private transport companies to ferry frontline health workers since the start of the enhanced community quarantine to the present GCQ.