Dumper PTDA Commends Comelec, LTFRB for Fuel Subsidy Exemption

DURING the en banc session of the Electoral Commission (Comelec) on April 7, 2022, it granted the request of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to exempt the fuel subsidy program from the electoral ban on public spending on government projects.

Rep. Claudine Diana ‘Dendee’ Bautista speaks on behalf of the Dumper PTDA party list. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Dumper PTDA party list praised and thanked both Comelec and LTFRB for their swift action on the matter. The fuel subsidy was crucial to ensure that appropriate financial assistance was given to drivers and operators of public utility vehicles (PVUs), who had struggled to recover from the health crisis and who continued to struggle with the financial crisis , exacerbated by soaring oil prices.

Dumper PTDA has fought to have these subsidies – including for fuel, service contracts and financial assistance – included in the 2022 national budget to help PUV drivers and operators get back on their feet financially. With fuel prices soaring, these subsidies were needed more than ever.

Despite all the challenges the PUV industry has faced, Dumper believed that when everyone in the industry worked together, everyone could overcome the challenges. Dahil sa biyaheng Dumper, walang drayber ang maiiwan (It was because for those who traveled with Dumper, no driver would be left behind).

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