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Distribution of Pantawid fuel cards resumes

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board resumed yesterday the distribution of the Pantawid Pasada fuel cards to jeepney drivers and operators, days after its suspension due to technical issues.

The LTFRB announced that the distribution of fuel cards for the Pantawid Pasada Program will resume on Aug. 7 to Aug. 11, Saturday, at the Land Transportation Office in Quezon City.

“The distribution will be done regularly thereafter,” the said.

Last Aug. 2, the LTFRB said that the distribution of fuel cards will be temporarily suspended, citing “technical issues” encountered by the Land Bank of the Philippines which is processing the cards.

“We apologize for temporarily suspending the distribution of Pantawid Pasada fuel cards due to a technical issue being encountered by Landbank,” LTFRB earlier said.

The LTFRB, last July 17, has started distributing the fuel cards to the beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pasada Program.

Around 179,000 legitimate jeepney franchise holders nationwide will benefit from the said fuel subsidy program.

Recipients will be given a card containing R5,000 subsidy from July to December to help them cope with increasing pump prices brought by the tax reform law.

Upon claiming the card, the recipients should present an original valid ID, photocopy of the valid ID, one ID picture, and proof of franchise of the operator such as Certificate of Public Convenience, or franchise verification.

The Pantawid Pasada fuel cards indicate the complete name of the franchise holder, plate number of PUJ, region where the franchise was registered, and the card number to avoid misuse.

“The fuel card is only valid for fuel purchases only at participating petroleum retail outlets or gasoline stations, with ‘Pantawid Pasada Card Accepted Here’ sign posted,” the LTFRB said. (Alexandria San Juan)