Public Utility Jeepney. FILE PHOTO: Rolito Ponte / Photoville International
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Council for Commuters Safety and Protection (NCCSP) plans to file a petition seeking to oppose jeepney operators’ proposal for surge pricing.
The group argued that such request is unfair and inappropriate at this time when they are petitioning for a P2.00 fare hike. They also claimed that such petition will only add weight to the burden of commuters.
“Malaki pa rin iyong piso tapos meron ka pang price hike na two pesos so magiging 11 pesos pagsakay mo ng jeepney,” said Maricor Akol, the commuter group’s president.
Some commuters expressed dismay over the proposal saying they are still coping with the effects of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Law (TRAIN.)
“Iniisip ko masakit sa bulsa,” said commuter Rommel Godines.
“Hindi po makatarungan…Hindi naman namin kasalanan iyon,” another commuter Glenn Buenaflor said.
Jeepney operators submitted to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) a petition to impose surge pricing similar to transport network vehicle services (TNVs.) This would mean an additional one peso for each succeeding kilometer during peak hours from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Such petition, according to jeepney operators, is due to big time price hikes on oil products in the country. Just this week, prices of petroleum products spiked to more than one peso per liter.
On the other hand, the Department of Energy (DOE) believes oil prices will become stable in the coming days and months as a number of world events are now affecting the oil prices in the global market.
“On a very short term may effect talaga so ang perspective na sinasabi namin re-recover yan so the price will balance again, pwedeng in the near future din pwedeng may mangyaring supply na kapalit at maibaba rin naman ang price,” sai Atty.Rino Abad, DOE’s Director of Oil Management Bureau.
Meanwhile, a consumers’ group argued that it is only the suspension of the TRAIN law that the public would be eased of additional burden.
According to Laban Konsyumer President Vic Dimagiba, there is a surge in prices of basic commodities because of added excise tax.
“Lalo mong pinabigat ang pasanin ng mga consumer dahil nagpataw ang TRAIN ng mataas na excise taxes. Kung wala iyang excise tax, hindi ganoon kalaki ang impact sa mga presyo ng mga bilihin,” Dimagiba said.
LTFRB is yet to set a schedule to deliberate on the petition for surge pricing by jeepney operators. – Mon Jocson / Marje Pelayo
Student passengers can still avail fare discounts on holidays – LTFRB
Civil Engineering student Joselito Derudar was excited to come home in Masbate to spend time with his family this holiday season.
However, his trip was delayed when the bus conductor rejected him to avail his 20 percent discount as a student.
“Sabi noong papuntang Pilar P750 raw [pamasahe] minus P150. Malaki na kasi iyong P150. Syempre sa isang estudyante nag-aaral ka pa lang wala ka pang sweldo kailangan namin ng pera,” he said when he reported the incident to authorities.
Michael Aresco, the conductor defended that they couldn’t give student discounts because classes were on break and the holidays already started though it is still a weekday.
“‘Pagka wala kasing pasok nakalagay doon sa may taripa, fare matrix may nakalagay doon na during school day may discount pero kapag walang pasok, no discount,” said Aresco.
Eventually, an LTFRB officer came and reminded the conductor to allow Joselito and other students proper discounts.
“Kakaconfirm lang po sa amin noong head namin mayroon po tayong discount estudyante as long as maprovide po iyong ID at valid po siya kahit holiday po. Kahit holiday meron po,” said LTFRB transport inspector Ian Mangaring.
In 2017, LTFRB released a memorandum circular on student discount even on days without classes, weekend and holidays.
On the start of December this year, a proposition edifying the 20% student discount has passed the technical working group in the House of Representatives.
For Joselito, it is important to have a basic knowledge on the law to be able to defend your rights in times of need.
“Nakita namin iyong karapatan namin bilang estudyante. Dapat nagbabasa ka ng batas, alam mo iyong karapatan mo bilang Pinoy. Malaking tulong na rin kasi iyong 20 percent na discount,” said Derudar. — with reports from Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue
LTFRB opens 20,000 slots for new TNVS applications
MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has opened 20,000 slots for new applications for transport network vehicle service (TNVS).
The agency said the newly opened slots are part of the initial 65,000 capacity set for TNVS.
According to LTFRB, they decided to open more slots because of the lower turnout of applicants in the previously set online application.
Interested applicants may visit LTFRB’s website www.ltfrb.ph.net.
Application is open from December 17, 2019 to January 2, 2019.
The LTFRB reminds TNVS applicants to secure all documents for faster processing. – UNTV News and Rescue
LTFRB cancels franchise of entire Dimple Star fleet
A Dimple Star bus unit
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) canceled on Wednesday (December 5) the franchise of the entire Dimple Star fleet.
This is in relation to the March 20 incident which resulted in death of 19 individuals and injury of 21 others when a Dimple Star bus fell off a cliff in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
Based on the data of the LTFRB, Dimple Star has been involved in 8 accidents wherein 25 individuals died and 134 others got injured.
LTFRB chair Martin Delgra said that they have decided to cancel the franchise of Dimple Star bus company due to the repeated negligence of the company and to prevent the recurrence of accidents. — UNTV News & Rescue