CITY OF MABALACAT — The Human Rights Commission (CHR) has welcomed the distribution of 6,500 pesos in fuel subsidies under the Ministry of Transport’s fuel subsidy scheme.
This was gleaned from a press release recently published by the spokesperson for the CHR, Jacqueline de Guia.
More than 377,000 qualified drivers and operators of public utility vehicles or PUVs who operate jeepneys, express UVs, taxis, tricycles and other full-time transportation and delivery services nationwide will receive the grant.
Of the total approved funds of 2.5 billion pesos to be released, 1.75 billion pesos, or 70%, will be allocated to public utility vehicles under the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board; and 625 million pesos or 25% to tricycles with the Ministry of Interior and Local Government.
The remaining 125 million pesos, or 5.0%, will be paid to the delivery services of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
De Guia said the transport sector is directly affected by rising fuel prices due to the continued Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Given the beatings they have suffered during the series of pandemic shutdowns, the said sector is in dire need of fuel subsidies to maintain their livelihoods and gradually recover from the worsening crises, she said. .
The Commission recognizes the government’s efforts to protect the transport sector from the impact of the huge increase in the price of oil, according to de Guia.
“We also note the government’s intention to control inflation and help keep ticket prices at bay through fuel subsidies,” the CHR official said.
This immediate response will also benefit commuters, especially now that most businesses and offices are back up and running, she added.
“Given that oil prices may continue to remain volatile, we also look forward to the long-term plan to mitigate the impact of the crisis on poor households,” de Guia said.
“We urge the government to explore and study other options that can help ensure a stable fuel price over the long term,” she added. “In all crisis situations, especially those with serious economic implications, let us give primacy to the well-being and dignity of the poorest sectors.”