Drivers get aid in two forms

Drivers get aid in two forms

By Fernan Angeles

THE government is working on a program that would see hundreds of thousands of jeepney drivers, who have been adversely affected by the pandemic, get a windfall of subsidies in two forms.

In his Bayanihan to Recover as One Act monthly report to Congress, President Rodrigo Duterte hinted on subsidies in the form of loads or credits in existing jeepney fuel cash cards and cash payout through the Land Bank of the Philippines.

Some P1.16 billion will be spent for the program with 178,244 expected beneficiaries.

The program will be implemented by the Department of Transportation, which had just received P9.5 billion in additional funds from the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, bulk of which to be used for service contracting efforts to assist drivers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The additional funds include P5.58 billion for service contracting, P2.6 billion for assistance to critically impacted transportation sectors, and P1.3 billion for the establishment of bike lanes. Broken down, the assistance for critically impacted sectors covers P469 million for the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), P300 million for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), P250 million for the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and P52 million for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

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