Mon. Mar 8th, 2021

MANILA – The first batch of public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers set to receive financial aid have been identified by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday.

The list, available at https://bit.ly/2JHEzB6, include 4,175 drivers who will receive PHP5,000 to PHP8,000 financial aid—an amount based on the maximum subsidy in the region—from the social amelioration program led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Drivers included in the list must bring their original driver’s license and a photocopy with two signatures to the nearest branch of the Landbank of the Philippines (Landbank) from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to receive the cash aid.

Drivers with licenses that expired on Sept. 30, 2019, or later may still bring their license and a signed photocopy to get their cash aid.

For drivers with confiscated licenses, they may instead bring their temporary operator’s permit, a signed government-issued ID, and a photocopy of the ID with two signatures.

For those who will send a representative to receive the aid, the following should be brought with them: a letter of authority signed by the listed beneficiary, driver’s license or any government-issued ID of the beneficiary, photocopy of the ID with two signatures, and a valid government-issued ID of the representative.

“Mangyaring maghintay lamang ng mga susunod na anunsiyo para sa karagdagang listahan ng mga drayber sa inyong rehiyon (Wait for further announcements on the next batch of drivers in your region),” the LTFRB said.

On Monday, the collection of data of those to be included in the program began in the LTFRB’s regional offices.

The DSWD, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the Landbank signed a joint agreement on Friday for the distribution of cash assistance to low-income families affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

Those included in the program, which will receive cash aid once in April and once in May, are drivers of public utility jeepneys, UV Express, public utility buses, point-to-point buses, taxis, transport network vehicle service, school transports, and motorcycle taxis.

To ensure that no beneficiary receives more than their share of the cash aid, the LTFRB and DSWD will crossmatch the list of beneficiaries with other programs such as the “Listahanan” or the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program”.

On Friday last week, the Department of Budget and Management released an initial PHP100 billion to fund the cash aid program. (PNA)

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