More than 370,000 public transport drivers nationwide eyed as fuel subsidy recipients

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THE government said it is targeting to distribute the fuel subsidy to more than 370,000 drivers of different public transport vehicles in the country.

According to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), they have already distributed the fuel subsidy to 110,000 drivers before the spending ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

According to LTFRB Executive Director Kristina Cassion that this was from the overall 264,000 drivers under the agency.

Cassion said the drivers under their jurisdiction are those that drive Public Utility Jeepneys and Public Utility Buses, taxis and Transport Vehicle Network Service (TNVS).

There is also a separate list of fuel subsidy beneficiaries under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for riders.

This means that the total number of drivers who are fuel subsidy beneficiaries will reach 370,000.

For now, Cassion said that there are 83,000 more are in the card production state, while 60,000 are currently under payroll preparation.

This is different, she said, from the more than 1 million tricycle drivers that are under the administration of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

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