Amid the steady rise of fuel costs, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) plans to provide financial assistance for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, who might result to raising fare rates.
This is also to consider the conditions of commuters who will be the ones to shoulder the increase.
MANILA — DOTr chief Arturo Tugado said they have been meeting with the Department of Energy (DOE) to explore ways on mitigating the impact of increasing fuel prices such as providing a uniform discount or fuel subsidy for PUVs at gas stations across the country.
“Balansehin ang pangangailangan ng mga drayber sa kakayanan ng mga pasahero ngayong pandemya kaya imbes na across the board increase, ayuda sa drayber at ayuda sa pasahero ang itutulak ng DOTr
“(We need to balance the needs of the drivers and the capacity of the commuters in this time of pandemic, so instead of across the board increase, the DOTr will push for assistance for both drivers and passengers),” said Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade.
Drivers and operators may also get paid on a per kilometer basis if they join the Government’s Service Contracting Program. An increase in the program’s incentive payments is also being examined.
“Bilang konsiderasyon sa pagtaas ng presyo ng krudo, pinag-aaralan na rin na taasan ang insentibo kada kilometrahe (In consideration of the increase in oil prices, we are now studying if we can increase the incentive per kilometer),” he added. (HMP/The MiNT)