Fuel subsidy rollout is hampered in the absence of driver database


On March 15, nearly a month after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) launched its P3-billion Pantoid Wide Pasda program, only 110,287 peopleStayAs of April 4, ciaries have received fuel subsidies, with a senior legislator blaming the absence of a database for the delay.

The program, which aims to provide P7,500 subsidized fuel discount cards to 377,443 public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, aims to provide relief to the public transport sector, which currently has to absorb higher fuel prices.

Senator Sherwin T. According to Gachalian, Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.

He said the election spending ban, which started on March 25, had also hampered the distribution.

Mr Gachalian called for the creation of a centralized database by various agencies and stakeholders to ensure “proper coordination and implementation of the program”.

The proposed database needs to be updated annually and this will help reduce waste and misuse of government resources.

On March 23, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) identified 27,777 beneficiaries from the delivery service sector while the Department of Internal and Local Government (DILG) has not yet submitted the list of tricycle beneficiaries. – Ram Christian S. Augustine

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