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DOTr gets P6 billion more in 2022 budget

Edu Punay - The Philippine Star
DOTr gets P6 billion more in 2022 budget
The House of Representatives has allocated P6 billion for the program of the Department of Transportation that initially did not have a funding under the proposed 2022 national budget.
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MANILA, Philippines — The government’s “Libreng Sakay” and service contracting program for public utility vehicles (PUVs), which benefited over three million passengers during the pandemic, will continue next year.

The House of Representatives has allocated P6 billion for the program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) that initially did not have a funding under the proposed 2022 national budget.

The committee headed by ACT-CIS a Rep. Eric Yap has approved the request of DOTr for an additional budget for the service contracting program for displaced PUV drivers and commuters affected by community quarantine measures.

“This is among the amendments and realignments we did in the 2022 general appropriations bill to ensure continuity of crucial pandemic response programs next year,” Yap told The STAR.

The P6-billion additional budget for DOTr is part of the P65.5 billion in total appropriations realigned by the small committee in the 2022 General Appropriations Bill passed by the House and will be transmitted to the Senate on Oct. 27.

The DOTr earlier requested P10 billion for the continuation of the program but the DBM rejected the request and did not include it in the department’s proposed P150.76-billion budget for 2022.

Under the service contracting program, PUV operators and drivers who participated in the government’s free ridership program will receive a one-time payout of P4,000 and weekly payments based on the number of kilometers traveled per week, whether or not they have passengers.

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