Pantawid Pasada program launched anew in Laguna

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, July 9 (PIA) -- The City Government of Calamba City led by Mayor Joaquin M. Chipeco Jr. played host to the second launching in Laguna of the Pantawid Pasada Program, supervised by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (TFRB) IV-A and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) IV-A July 7, 2011 at the City Hall’s main lobby.

Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary Jose E. Layug along with Laguna Vice-Governor Ceasar Perez, 2nd District Cong. Justin Marc Sb. Chipeco, 1 UTAK Party-List Cong. Homer A. Mercado, 1st District Cong. Dan Fernandez, LTFRB IV-A Regional Director Roberto Peig and LTO IV-A Regional Director Eric Lenard E. Tabaldo graced the occasion highlighted by the ceremonial distribution of Pantawid Pasada cards to jeepney drivers.

Expected to benefit from the program are some 3,000 jeepney drivers based on the records from the LTO IV-A.

In his message, DOE Usec. Jose E. Layug stated that the Pantawid Pasada cards will be credited with a one-time P1,050 as fuel subsidy for jeepney drivers with registered jeepney unit and franchise. “The card is good for five years, so holders should take care of it as it serves as proof that their unit is not illegal and can be used again should the national government give another financial assistance such as this.”
Layug clarified that the program is not “pa-pogi” point of the Aquino administration, as some critics say, but as a result of consultation with transport sector groups in light of the increasing fuel price. “No matter how small the amount is, what is important is that the government is finding ways to somehow mitigate the effects of fuel price increase.”

Meanwhile, Calamba City Mayor Joaquin M. Chipeco Jr. applauded the national government’s initiative to help the transport sector, saying “In our own little way, the City Government of Calamba extends help to transport sectors’ cooperative through capital/financial assistance.”

Prior to this, the first provincial launching of the Pantawid Pasada Program was held in Santa Rosa City May 23, 2011 under the supervision of the provincial office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in coordination with local government units. Some 51,259 tricycle drivers in the province benefited from the fuel subsidy. (CPG/ACO, PIA-Laguna)