MANILA, Philippines - Jeepney and tricycle drivers will have to wait 3 to 5 days more after receiving their “Smart cards” to be able to make use of the subsidy provided by the government.
In a press conference in Malacañang, Energy Secretary Rene Almendras said: “Liwanagin po natin, the minute the card is issued, hindi po pwedeng dalhin agad sa gas station at gamitin… there is a safety feature that we are going to advice the drivers that they could only use it between 3 to 5 days after getting it.”
This is to ensure that the cards will not be tampered with until they reach the intended recipients, he explained.
“We want to prevent the pilferage of the card. We will activate the card and load it only when we are sure that it has reached the intended recipient,” he stressed.
“So yung sa mga may plano po magnakaw ng card while it is in transit, wala po ng laman yan at wala po kayong makukuha dyan kasi hindi po kakargahan iyan hangga’t di umaabot sa dapat patunguhan,” Almendras added.
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III earlier issued Executive Order No. 32 or the so-called the Pantawid Pasada program.
Around 214, 596 jeepneys nationwide will be given smart cards pre-loaded with P1,050, equivalent to a fuel assistance of P35 per day for one whole month.
Almendras noted that the “Smart cards” will be assigned to the vehicle using its plate number and type as reference.