Over 5,000 PUV drivers get cash aid under service contracting program

Published February 8, 2021, 3:55 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has already doled out least P21.9 million worth of cash subsidy to more than 5,000 public utility vehicles (PUVs) drivers nationwide under the government’s service contracting program.

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According to the LTFRB, a total of 5,497 drivers of traditional and modern public utility jeepneys (PUJs) and public utility buses (PUBs) from various regions already received the initial financial aid of P4,000 each.

These include PUV drivers in Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, Caraga, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). 
Here’s the latest breakdown of beneficiaries under the initial subsidy per region as provided by the agency:

– NCR: 1,842 traditional PUJ drivers, 280 modern PUJ drivers

– Region I: 438 traditional PUJ drivers, 7 modern PUJ drivers

– Region III: 42 modern PUJ drivers- Region IV: traditional PUJ drivers, 57 modern PUJ drivers

– Region V: 46 traditional PUJ drivers- Region VI: 271 traditional PUJ drivers- Region VII: 142 PUB Drivers

– Region VIII: 24 modern PUJ drivers

– Region IX: 219 traditional PUJ drivers- Region X: 428 traditional PUJ drivers

– Region XI: 15 PUB Drivers

– Region XII: 508 traditional PUJ drivers

– CARAGA: 202 traditional PUJ drivers, 4 modern PUJ drivers- CAR: 131 traditional PUJ drivers

The financial assistance was distributed by the LTFRB to the drivers through their Landbank account or their registered e-wallets such as GCash or PayMaya. 

More PUV drivers across the country are expected to receive their initial subsidy in the coming days, the agency said. 

Meanwhile, drivers who already received the initial subsidy were reminded to log in to the Service Contracting Driver App through go.sakay.ph/driver for every transit to qualify for an additional weekly subsidy. 

Different rates per kilometer have been set by the Board for each kind of PUV. Drivers or operators of traditional and modern PUJs will get P11 per kilometer while drivers or operators of PUBs will get P23.10 per kilometer. 

Some P5.58 billion worth of funds have been allotted for the program’s implementation under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or “Bayanihan 2”, which aims to help drivers who have been severely impacted by the pandemic get by.

Under this, the government through the Department of Transportation and LTFRB will provide payouts for public transportation services where PUV operators and drivers will be given a performance-based subsidy based on vehicle-kilometers traveled and compliance with performance indicators.

 
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