Aquino orders DOE to reload P1,200 each Pantawid Pasada card holder's account to cushion impact of rising fuel prices

February 20, 2012 11:50 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 20 — President Benigno S. Aquino III directed the Department of Energy (DOE) to reload each Pantawid Pasada Program card holder’s account by P1,200 to cushion the impact of rising fuel prices.

"Inatasan po ni Presidente Aquino ang DOE na magbigay ng 1,200 pesos reload para sa isandaang libong benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pasada Program. Para po ito maibsan ang epekto ng napipintong pagtataas ng presyo ng langis na mangyayari ngayong gabi," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Monday.

The government’s Pantawid Pasada program was created to provide subsidy to the public transport sector with the increases in the prices of oil products.

Lacierda said DOE will start distributing the said cards to public utility vehicles (PUV) drivers who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pasada program.

He also announced that the beneficiaries can also avail of discounts in purchasing tires, batteries and other spare parts.

"Sa tulong din po ng Office of Transport Cooperatives sa ilalim ng DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) at ng Philippine International Trading Corporation sa ilalim ng Department of Trade and Industry, pinatibay ang ugnayan sa pagitan ng mga kooperatiba at manufacturer ng gulong, baterya, at iba pang spare parts," Lacierda said.

The government also started implementing measures to lower the prices of tires, batteries and other spare parts in a bid to help the transport sector cope with the rising fuel prices.

"Maaari pong makakuha ng tax exemption ang mga coop, maliban pa sa dealers' discount; direkta nitong mapapamura ang gastusin para sa maintenance ng mga sasakyan ng ating mga operator at tsuper ng jeep, bus, AUV, at taxi. Bukas po mismo ay maghaharap na ang mga kooperatiba at manufacturer upang magsimula ng pag-order ng mga kagamitan," he said.

"Nagmamahal ang presyo ng langis dahil lumalakas din ang pag-angkat ng mga bansa sa Europa, kung saan mayroong di inaasahang taglamig sa mga panahong ito. Hindi rin nakatulong ang tensyon sa pagitan ng Iran at ilang Kanluraning bansa," he said.

Lacierda assured that the Aquino government will continue framing measures to ease the burden of the transport sector. (PNA)

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