LTFRB-10 still owes PUV drivers, owners P246M

By : Uriel Quilinguing Mindanao Today/11:02:14am 09/13/2021


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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Even though the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-10 (LTFRB-10) had given 1,149 drivers and operators of public utility vehicles (PUV) in Northern Mindanao initial subsidies and one-time incentives under the government’s Service Contracting Program (SCP), it has yet to pay its total obligation to them amounting to P246,332,365.20.

Aminoden Guro, LTFRB-10 regional director, disclosed the status of the SCP Phase 1 implementation in the region on Friday, Sept. 10, during the virtual launch of the SCP Phase 2 which would be focused on operators of public utility vehicles until December this year.

“So far, all (PUV) operators are not fully paid, though 661 drivers (had) received initial subsidy and 488 drivers got one-time incentives,” Guro said, referring to the SCP enrollees between March to May, and that of June 1 to 15, all of this year.

He said drivers (jeepneys, taxis and buses) enrolled in March to May were given initial payments of P4,000 and one-time incentive of P25,000, while those registered in June received P20,000 one-time incentives.

ECP Phase 1, with funding from Bayanihan 2, was launched on May 5 to ease the impact of the coronavirus disease pandemic on drivers and operators of public utility vehicles whose day-to-day incomes were affected by restrictions on the volume of passengers.

“The amount of P3.3 billion has already (been) transferred from the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) to the DOTr (Department of Transportation) and payouts will soon be done,” said Guro even as he assured all drivers and operators enrolled under the SCP Phase 1 in the region will be fully paid.

Under SCP Phase 2, the transport cooperative, consortium, or corporation – deemed operators of PUVs – will pay the drivers based on the prevailing daily minimum wage, according to the number of trips that are indicated in the service plan earlier submitted to the LTFRB.

Contracts with operators under SCP Phase 2 will be for at least eight weeks.

Guro said his office cannot determine, as of now, how many operators could avail of the SCP Phase 2 scheme, out of the region’s P135-million allocation.

With the extension of the SCP until the end of the year, health care workers delivering frontline services, those in establishments engaged essential services, and authorized persons outside residence can still avail of “Libreng Sakay” in service contracted PUVs.


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