CEBU CITY – Public utility vehicles (PUVs) offering free rides to essential workers were launched here Thursday.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade led the ceremonial launching of 22 MyBus units wherein Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) and healthcare workers can ride for free starting May 6.
Five buses will be servicing healthcare workers from Naga City to University of Cebu (UC Med) in Mandaue City, while 17 buses are available for APORs with routes from Talisay City to Parkmall (via South Road Properties and N. Bacalso Avenue).
There are 92 modern jeeps and buses in Metro Cebu that have availed of the DOTr-LTFRB Contract-Servicing Program, said Montealto.
The program aims to help public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators by providing them government subsidy.
In exchange for the incentives, the vehicles must offer free rides to essential workers.
As an incentive, jeepney drivers will receive P52.50 per kilometer run while bus drivers will get P82.50 per kilometer run.
PUV drivers who applied for the program before April 30 this year received one-time incentive worth P25,000.
A one-time incentive of P20,000 are available for PUV drivers who joined the program starting May 1 to June 15.
Oliver Pulanco, general manager of MyBus, told reporters in an interview that APORs and healthcare workers will only have to present their company I.D. so they can ride for free.