Still no ‘ayuda’ for jeepney drivers in Region 1

FOUR months since the imposed lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, jeepney drivers in the region still have not received their financial assistance promised them by the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) through its Pantawid Pasada Program.

Bernard Tuliao, head of the Alliance of United Transport Organization Provincewide (AUTOPRO-Pangasinan), said drivers in the region have not received any word of assurance from the LTFRB Regional Office in San Fernando City, La Union about the date of distribution of promised aid.

The last distribution was made three weeks ago in Region 7.

Tuliao said his members are pinning their hopes on President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive during his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) to DSWD to look into complaints that some sectors in the country have not received their promised assistance.

Meanwhile, the LTFRB is set to meet with transport groups on its plan to increase the number of jeepneys that will be issued special permits to service more routes.

As of writing, there are only 550 PUJs in Pangasinan currently operating in various routes.

According to Tuliao, Atty. Annabel Nullar of LTFRB Region-1, said the special permits will be effective August 1.

Given the additional routes, Tuliao reminded jeepney drivers and operators to strictly follow the 50% passenger capacity per jeepney unit (Ahikam Pasion)

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