THE Department of Transportation (DOTr), through its Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), is set to relaunch the Service Contracting Program on Monday, April 11, 2022.
The Service Contracting Program Phase 3 was revived by the agency to help drivers and operators of public utility vehicles and also the commuters affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the increasing fuel prices.
The LTFRB initiated the program in cooperation with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other government agencies.
"Muling ipagpapatuloy ang programa sa ilalim ng General Appropriations Act 2022, na may kabuuang pondo na P7 billion," the DOTr said.
Under the program, public utility vehicle operators may select from two schemes: Gross Contract, which is based on the number of trips per week with or without passengers, or Net Contract, where aside from their income, the operators will also be given additional benefits based on their trips per week.
"Sa Gross Contract, ang dating P82.50 na bayad per kilometro sa mga consolidated PUBs (public utility buses), tourist bus at mini-bus, ay itinaas sa P84, samantala, ang dating P52.50 na bayad per kilometro sa mga consolidated modern at traditional PUJs (public utility jeepneys) at UVEs (UV Express) ay itinaas sa Php 54.00," the DOTr said.
"Para naman sa Net Contract, ang dating P45.50 pesos na bayad per kilometro sa mga consolidated PUBs at minibus, ay itinaas sa P46.50, samantala, ang dating P27.00 na bayad per kilometro sa mga consolidated modern at traditional PUJs at UVEs, at Filcab ay itinaas sa Php 28," the agency added.
Healthcare workers and authorized persons outside of residence or Apors will again be provided free rides.
The DOTr advised the public to visit the LTFRB Official Facebook page or call LTFRB Project Implementing Unit Office - (02) 8529 - 7111 loc 845, loc 837, o sa LTFRB 24/7 Hotline: 1342 for any concern regarding the program.