The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has already distributed a total of P322.4 million in payouts to public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers under the government’s service contracting program.
Among the aid given to the beneficiaries were the P4,000 initial subsidy, weekly payout, and the one-time incentive, the LTFRB said.
In the latest data of the agency, a total of 12,315 PUV drivers across the country have already received the initial payout while 3,006 have been given the P25,000 onboarding incentive as of May 17.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade earlier announced that the agency would grant a one-time incentive of P25,000 to drivers who were already on board the service contracting program as of April 30, 2021. Meanwhile, those who will participate from May 1 to June 15 will be given P20,000.
Driver-participants can also receive P7,000 if they will log into the Service Contracting Driver app at go.sakay.ph/driver five times a week.
At least 60,000 PUV drivers are expected to benefit from the service contracting program, which aims to assist them in their operational expenses such as fuel and “boundary”.
Some P5.58 billion in funds have been allotted for its implementation under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or the “Bayanihan 2” law.
Under this, the government through the DOTr and LTFRB will provide payouts to PUV operators and drivers using a performance-based subsidy that’s based on their kilometers traveled as well as their compliance with performance indicators.