MANILA – Petron Corporation, an oil company that has partnered with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to help with the transportation needs of medical frontliners during the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) health crisis, has extended its fuel subsidy for participating vehicle units in the Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program until July 31, 2020.
The extension of the fuel subsidy follows the decision of the government to extend the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) over Metro Manila until July 31, 2020, with the continuous increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.
DOTr Undersecretary for Administrative Affairs Artemio Tuazon Jr. expressed his gratitude for the continued support being given by Petron Corporation to the department’s effort to provide frontline health workers with comfortable and convenient transportation during the GCQ.
“The extension of the fuel subsidy is a welcome development. Secretary Tugade, and the whole of DOTr, are grateful for Petron’s generosity to extend the assistance until July 31 for this greatly helps our health workers, especially now that the NCR and its neighboring regions remain under GCQ,” Usec Tuazon Jr. said.
Since April 7, 2020, Petron Corporation has been providing free fuel to vehicles of transport companies participating in the DOTr Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program in the Greater Manila Area. The program aims to ferry frontline health workers to hospitals and medical communities daily, as the country continues its fight to contain the spread of COVID-19.
As of July 17, 2020, Petron Corporation had provided the Program with 255,000 liters of diesel fuel worth Php7,913,500.00.
Petron’s fuel subsidy was made possible through the donation of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Infrastructure.
Petron has assured that it will be providing 60 vehicles participating in the DOTr’s Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program with 50 liters of fuel each per day, or a total daily allocation of 3,000 liters daily until July 31, 2020.
Four Petron stations (4) were initially assigned to accommodate participating private bus units carrying frontliners.
These Petron stations are located at Filinvest in Alabang, Macapagal Blvd. in Parañaque City, East Avenue in Quezon City, and in Mandaluyong City.
The DOTr Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program, which started on 18 March 2020, is a collaborative effort between the DOTr and various government agencies, as well as private transport companies to ferry frontline health workers since the start of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Aside from Petron, the DOTr also teamed up with other oil firms such as CleanFuel and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc., which also extended their respective fuel subsidy programs until May 31.
The other oil companies that have provided fuel subsidies were Seaoil Philippines and Total Philippines. On 17 July 2020, the program reached 1,354,378 in total ridership nationwide.