ROXAS CITY, Capiz, May 25 (PIA)- Information officers, media practitioners as well as local officials in Capiz will come together on Friday, May 27, for a briefing about the government’s assistance program for the transport sector.
The activity, which is being organized by the Philippine Information Agency, aims to give the public more insights about the Pantawid Pasada Program, otherwise known as the Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP).
Department of Energy Supervisory Science Research Specialist Rey Maleza and PIA Regional Director Lawyer Ma. Janet C. Mesa will give inputs about said program intended to benefit tricycle and jeepney drivers.
Among those who are expected to attend said briefing are Capiz Governor Victor Tanco, Vice Governor Esteban Evan Contreras and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Mayor’s League prexy Dante Bermejo, station managers and bureau chiefs from the tri-media and government information officers.
The PTAP, which was promulgated by Executive Order No. 32, series of 2011, is a form of government intervention through cash assistance to the transport sector such as jeepneys and tricycles to cushion the impact of oil hikes.
Said program likewise aims to aid in mitigating the increase in fares, which may eventually cause the rise in the prices of goods and other basic commodities.
Under the program, the government will be giving P1,050 for jeepneys as an aid that will be used for the purchase of diesel from the participating gasoline stations and will be loaded in the Pantawid Pasada Card.
For tricycles, the fund will be transferred to the Local Government Units which in turn will distribute the P150.00 cash to tricycle franchisees.
Last week, the Department of the Interior and Local Government in Capiz had already turned over a total of P851,550 in checks to the 15 local government units in Capiz, representing the 5,677 tricycle franchisees.
On the other hand, Maayon town opted not to avail of said program because they have only six tricycle franchisees while Tapaz town’s recommendees to avail of said program, after validation, were found to be single motorcycle drivers/operators having no franchise as said single motorcycles are the main mode of transportation in most parts of Capiz, particularly in its interior barangays. (JCM/JBG/PIA6-Capiz)