Gas assistance for trike drivers in Paranaque
To cushion the impact of high fuel prices on the marginalized sectors of the society, the Office of the President issued Executive Order No. 32, Series of 2011 creating the Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP)-Pantawid Pasada.
Chosen as beneficiaries are public utility jeepney (PUJ) and tricycle drivers being the hardest hit among the vulnerable groups.
Pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2011-63 dated April 28, 2011, the fuel subsidy release to tricycle drivers will be made through Local Government Units (LGUs) since the powers and functions relating to the issuance of franchises to this type of public transportation have been relegated (devolved) to LGUs upon the implementation of R.A. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.
Complying with the directive, the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Parañaque enacted Resolution No. 11-043 (111), Series of 2011, a resolution authorizing the City Mayor, Hon. Florencio M. Bernabe, Jr. to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Dept. of the Interior and Local government (DILG) represented by its Regional Director Renato L. Brion regarding the implementation of the Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP) in the city.
On orders of the Parañaque local chief executive, this LGU’s Tricycle Regulatory Unit promptly submitted a complete list of tricycle franchisees, addresses and number of operating units which was transmitted by the Office of the Mayor to DILG-NCR through DILG Parañaque City.
Mayor Jun Bernabe also prompted the Office of the City Treasurer, Public Information Office, other support departments, Liga ng mga Barangay and concerned barangay government units to firm up administrative preparations for the tricycle transport financial subsidy distribution which has been scheduled for June 29, 2011 at the San Antonio Gymnasium, this city.
Parañaque City has 50 TODA (tricycle operators and drivers associations) with an aggregate number of 4,787 members for which the national government allocated more than Php700,000.00.