PUV Drivers Call for More Help amid the Increases on Fuel Prices
PUV DRIVERS – The public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers continue to appeal for aid from the government amid the oil price hikes.
The series of spikes in the oil prices is greatly affecting a lot of Filipinos now most especially those whose source of income is related to it. Public utility vehicle drivers are among those who are struggling to cope with the high oil prices.
A lot of drivers expressed that they can hardly bring home a good amount that can suffice the needs of their household due to the high prices of fuel. They are appealing for financial aid from the government and some transport groups are calling to increase the minimum fare.
The national government released fuel subsidies for PUV drivers. Under the said assistance, a driver will get Php 6,500.00 fuel subsidy.
However, based on a report on ABS-CBN News, PUV drivers continue to appeal for help from the national government citing that the fuel subsidies are insufficient. A tricycle driver, Renato Manansala, said that the fuel subsidy is just a temporary solution. According to him, what they need are long-term solutions.
Based on the report, the authorities are observing a timeline in the release of the fuel subsidies for the PUV drivers. The fuel subsidies for bus and jeepney drivers are set to be released from March 14 to 18 while UV Express, taxi, shuttle service, tourist, and TNVS drivers will get theirs between March 14 to 25.
Aside from the fuel subsidies for drivers, the national government also offered a Php 200.00 allowance per household amid the oil price hikes. While it may not include everyone, the authorities said that it will prioritize the poor families. The government rejected the call to suspend the excise tax on fuel amid the advice that it can result in a huge cut from the revenues.
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