House Bill doubles drivers’ fuel subsidy

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GOOD news awaits public utility vehicle, tricycle, and delivery drivers, as a proposed bill in Congress aims to double the fuel subsidy they currently receive.

House Minority Leader and 4Ps Party-list Representative Marcelino Libanan said that the proposed bill is grounded in the current economic circumstances, justifying the need for the increase.

Fishermen and farmers will also see their subsidies doubled under this bill.

Though still in the proposal stage, Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) driver Romeo Abao, 45, from Barangay Ubalde, Agdao District, Davao City, expressed his elation, envisioning a more manageable budget for fuel expenses.

"Perteng nindota ni kung mauhon, unta makalabang dayon nga balaudnon para mahimong balaud ug aron nga makahimulos dayon ta ani (It would be great if it is done, I hope it can be passed as a bill to become a law and so that we can take advantage of it immediately)," Abao said.

Meanwhile, 61-year-old Ricarte De Jesus from Malita, Davao Occidental, shared his joy but expressed his hope for expedited action to implement the law promptly.

“Unta madali, mintras ang mga mag-uuma nga tiguwang na makatilaw pa ana, mangawala baya ta aning kalibutan (I wish it would be soon, as long as the old farmers can enjoy it, as we will all disappear from this world)," De Jesus said.

The 2024 National Expenditure Program allocates P2.5 billion for public transport drivers under the Department of Transportation (DOTr), while P1 billion will be allocated to fishermen and corn farmers, also under the Department of Agriculture (DA), summing up to P3.5 billion.

Due to the challenging times and rising commodity prices, Libanan emphasized that the beneficiaries will receive doubled amounts to help them cope.

According to the DOTr, modern jeepney and UV Express drivers will receive ₱10,000, while drivers of other types of public vehicles will get ₱6,500. Delivery riders will receive P1,200, and tricycle drivers will receive P1,000. JPC

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