Transpo bodies urged to craft IRR for student fare discount law

MANILA Senator Grace Poe on Thursday prodded concerned transport agencies to fast-track the crafting of their respective implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the law granting students a 20-percent fare discount on various modes of public transportation.

Poe made the call after the Civil Aeronautics Board issued its IRR for Republic Act No. 11314, also known as the Student Fare Discount Act.

Poe, a co-author of the Senate version of the measure, also urged local airline companies to comply with the law, particularly covering the discount on domestic airfares.

"Nananawagan tayo sa mga airline company na ipatupad ang batas para naman kahit papaano maging maluwag sa bulsa ng ating mga estudyante ang pagbiyahe (We are calling on airline companies to abide by the law so that we could ease the financial burden of students when traveling), Poe said.

Under the law, a 20-percent student discount shall be implemented for regular domestic fares of all kinds of public transportation utilities, such as public utility buses, public utility jeepneys, taxis, and other similar vehicles-for-hire, tricycles, passenger trains, aircraft, and marine vessels for the entire time that the students are enrolled. The discount will be in effect even on weekends and holidays.

"Ang matitipid dito ay pwedeng idagdag sa pambili ng pagkain o kaya naman ay ibang gamit o bayarin sa eskwelahan (Their savings from this [discount] can be used to pay for food, as well as school supplies or fees)," Poe said.

"We hope this will bring a little ease on families faced with high prices of goods and services," she added.

To avail of the discount, students must show their school ID or a validated enrollment form together with a government-issued ID.

For air public transportation, the discount will only apply to the base fare or the price of the ticket before taxes and costs for ancillary services. It shall not apply to promotional fares.

Excluded from coverage of the law are individuals enrolled in dancing or driving schools, short-term courses of seminar-type and post-graduate studies such as those taking up medicine, law, masters and doctorate degrees. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency