MANILA - The Department of Transportation on Monday announced that more than 110,000 jeepney drivers have already received their fuel subsidy cards.
“To date, the government has distributed over 110,460 “Pantawid Pasada” fuel subsidy cards to the operators and drivers, with each card loaded with P20,514.76 worth of fuel,” the DOTr said in a post on its Facebook page.
“This translates to a total fuel subsidy amount of P2,266,060,389.60 handed out by the government,” it added.
Through the cards, drivers and operators can redeem the fuel subsidy at participating gas stations.
The Pantawid Pasada program was initiated in 2018 to cushion the impact of higher fuel excise tax through the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. Because of this, the fuel subsidy is also being funded by the TRAIN law.
In its post, the DOTr claimed the program was a “highly effective subvention plan of the government.”
Earlier this year, legislators questioned the supposedly slow distribution of the cards. Back in January, around 70,000 were distributed, or about less than half of the 155,337 available cards and only 42 percent of the national target coverage of the more than 170,000 public utility jeepney units.
The agencies involved in its implementation are the Department of Finance, the Department of Transportation, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Office of Transport Cooperatives. Department of Energy, Department of Budget and Management, and the Land Bank of the Philippines.