MANILA - Seaoil Philippines has pledged P405,000 in fuel subsidies for buses offering free rides for medical workers under government's shuttle service in areas under lockdown across the country, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Saturday.
In a statement, the DOTr said the fuel subsidy will be provided for 18 days starting Monday, April 13, for participating buses under the agency's Free Ride for Health Workers Program.
It said that until April 30, 15 buses in the program can get "up to 50 liters of free fuel daily, which translates to Php 22,500 per day or a total of 13,500 liters amounting to P405,000."
"We are very grateful to Seaoil Philippines for providing fuel subsidies to the bus units of our free ride program. Malaking tulong po ito, hindi lang para sa amin, o sa mga bus, kundi makasisiguro rin tayo na maitataguyod natin ang serbisyo publiko para sa mga medical frontliners sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic," DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
(This is big help not just for us or the buses, but we will be able to ensure that we sustain public service for medical frontliners in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Earlier, other petrol firms Phoenix Petroleum, Petron Corporation, CleanFuel, and Total Philippines partnered with the DOTr to provide free fuel for the shuttle program.
As of Thursday, the program has provided free rides to some 123,575 medical workers, including 35,873 in Metro Manila and 87,702 in other regions across the country.
The DOTr launched the program following the enforcement of community quarantine in all of Luzon and provinces in other parts of the country, under which public transport was suspended.