LTFRB official: No impending suspension of PUV operations in Central Visayas

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THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Central Visayas (LTFRB 7) has not yet received any report that operators of public utility vehicles (PUVs) in the region, particularly in Cebu, would suspend their operations amid the soaring fuel prices in the country.

LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. told SunStar Cebu on Saturday, June 25, 2022, that operators of modernized public utility jeepneys, taxis, and buses have not yet signified their intention to suspend their operations.

Montealto said he already noticed a shortage in public transport due to the number of passengers that have grown amid the easing of restrictions and the reopening of more businesses that were closed at the height of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

"Makaingon ra hinuon ka nga daghang pasahero tungod kay nibalik na gyud tanan, labi na gyud og mo-face-to-face na gyud ang mga estudyante," he said.

(You can say that there are many passengers because they already came back, especially when the students would already attend face-to-face classes).

Apart from that, Montealto believed that those who have private vehicles opted to commute to save fuel.

The Department of Energy (DOE) earlier said that apart from the Covid-19 pandemic, oil price hikes were driven by the Russian oil ban by the European Union caused by its invasion of Ukraine, the increased demand in the United States and China, and the premium in Saudi Arabia crude.

Montealto also emphasized that the P6,500 fuel subsidy for each PUV unit as one of the national government's measures to alleviate the effects of high fuel prices, particularly on the transportation sector, had been distributed in two tranches in March and April.

But he said that only few operators in the region received the subsidy, adding that the government had difficulty distributing the fund allocation since tricycle operators were also included in the subsidy.

Meanwhile, Montealto announced that the pending application for P2 increase in jeepney fare in Cebu is still subject to approval from their central office.

The regional director said they still have to determine whether or not the requested fare increase is doable, since this will not only affect the drivers but also the commuters. (MKG)

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