P9 jeepney fare now in effect

MANILA The provisional PHP1 fare hike for public utility jeepneys (PUJs) operating in the National Capital Region (NCR), Regions 3 (Central Luzon) and 4 (Calabarzon and Mimaropa) is now in full effect, said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

In an order released Friday, the LTFRB said the regular fare for jeepneys has been increased to PHP9 from PHP8 for the first four kilometers.

The Board granted the fare hike petition filed by transport groups, Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap), Land Transportation Organization of the Philippines (LTOP), Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines Inc. (Altodap), and Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburb Drivers Association Nationwide, Inc. (Pasang Masda), last May 29.

The Board cited the recent increases in the prices of oil and basic commodities as basis for granting the fare hike.

The Board hereby resolves to partially grant the prayer for provisional increase for PUJ filed by Fejodap, Acto, Altodap, LTOP and Pasang Masda and issue this provisional authority for PUJs to adjust/increase fare rates, the LTFRB said.

The transport groups originally proposed to the LTFRB that a PHP2 fare hike be granted to PUJs operating in NCR, Regions 3 and 4.

The LTFRB said students, senior citizens and persons with disabilities should be entitled to a fare discount of 20 percent.

Jeepney operators must also post a Notice of Provisional Fare Increase inside their public utility vehicles that would be easily seen by the commuters. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency