Libreng Sakay for Frontliners Launched in Cebu

Libreng Sakay

Healthcare workers and Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) can now ride in any of the 22 public utility vehicles allowed to ply their different routes around Cebu for free.

Healthcare workers can ride for free in five of the 22 PUVs while APORs can take any of the 17 public vehicles plying the following routes: Naga City to UC Med, Talisay City to Parkmall via SRP, Talisay City to Airport via SRP, Talisay City to Parkmall via N. Bacalso Avenue, and Talisay City to SM Seaside via N. Bacalso Avenue.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 director Eduard Montealto said operators and drivers joining the Service Contracting Program are entitle to receive P82 per kilometer as a government subsidy.

About 30 per cent of the incentive will go to the driver while 70 per cent will go to the operator.

According to the Department of Transportation, the program, which started in Metro Manila and has since expanded nationwide, is in line with the directive of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to help essential workers in their commuting needs and somehow ease their financial burden amid the pandemic.

During the launching, Tugade met and thanked the drivers participating in the program and reminded them not to collect fares from the healthcare workers and APORs.

In addition, under the Service Contracting Program, financial incentives are given to participating drivers who are already onboarded apart from payment to them for the kilometer run they made.

“Naglabas kami recently para ma-enganyo sila pumasok at mag onboard sa system. P25,000 po ang binigay natin insentibo sa bawat driver na pumasok simula noong nakaraang taon hanggang April 30. ‘Yung papasok po starting May 1 hanggang June 15, P20,000 po ang ibibigay bawat isa,” LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra said.

Montealto said that 56 units of buses and tourist buses and 40 units of modernized jeepneys are their target to be included in the program.

The Service Contracting Program was implemented to provide additional revenue for drivers and operators affected by the implementation of public health and safety protocols caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. –

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