Fuel subsidies for public transport eyed under pandemic rescue

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 05 2020 02:29 PM

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Police officers man a checkpoint in San Pedro City, Laguna, March 15, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- The government's pandemic task force will study a proposal to provide public utility vehicle drivers with fuel subsidies to help offset reduced operations in quarantine areas, Malacañang said Tuesday.

The transportation department recommended a subsidy equivalent to 30 percent of the daily fuel consumption of drivers to support them during the crisis.

"Pag-aaralan pa lang po yung rekomendasyon na magbigay ng subsidy doon sa ating transport sector," Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in a Palace press briefing.

(The recommendation to provide subsidies for the transport sector will still be studied.)

The transportation department also suggested providing interest-free loan amortization to help drivers recover, Roque said.

Some public transport vehicles are allowed to resume operations in areas that shifted to a general community quarantine such as buses, and taxi cabs. The GCQ has fewer restrictions compared to the ECQ or enhanced community quarantine.

Most vehicles however are only allowed to ferry half of its maximum capacity to ensure that physical distancing measures are observed.