Joint Circular No. 1 of the Departments of Energy, Finance, Budget and Management, Interior and Local Government and Transportation and Communications was issued on April 27, 2011 to implement Executive Order No. 32, Series of 2011, entitled “Instituting the Public Transport Assistance Program- Pantawid Pasada” (PTAP). President Aquino issued this executive order to cushion the impact of the high cost of fuel on the public transportation sector, particularly the jeepney and tricycle drivers, who have been clamoring for the repeal of the Oil Deregulation Law and the law imposing value-added tax on petroleum products.
Under the Joint Circular, the initial funding of P450 million for the PTAP will be sourced from the DOE-Special Account in the General Fund (SAGF) – 15 specifically from the Gas-Malampaya Revenue. P300 million of the fund will be released to the DOE for the jeepney driver beneficiaries and P150 million to the DILG for the tricycle driver beneficiaries.
Only public utility jeepneys with legitimate franchise in good standing as of March 31, 2011 from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and which have valid and updated registration with the Land Transportation Office shall be entitled to use the Pantawid Pasada Card. The DOTC shall direct the LTFRB and the LTO to submit to the DOE the list of public utility jeepney franchise holders and the list of vehicles registered as public utility jeepneys.
As for the tricycles, the local government units will be requested to submit the list of legitimate tricycle franchise holders as of March 28, 2011 to the DILG.
To ensure that only legitimate public utility jeepney franchise holders are able to use the cards, gasoline stations are enjoined to verify that the plate number on the jeepney corresponds to the plate number appearing on the card and they may refuse the card for fuel purchases by a jeepney whose plate number does not match the card.
Starting June 1, 2011, the presentation of the cards will also be required for entitlement to existing discounts offered by gasoline stations for public utility jeepneys in areas where the cards have been distributed.
Under the Pantawid Pasada Program, jeepney drivers can avail of P35/day fuel subsidy while tricycle drivers can avail of P5 per day fuel subsidy.