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Commuters group to oppose surge pricing on public utility jeepneys

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

 

 

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

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Modern jeepneys to ply in Metro Manila routes starting June

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018

Modernized jeepney

 

MANILA, Philippines — After the launch of modern jeepneys in some provinces, 20 modern jeepney units are set to ply various routes around Metro Manila in June as part of the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program being pushed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

“Gusto kong mangyari, makita na hindi lang yung bagong sasakyan, modernong sasakyan, kundi tatakbo yung buong sistema under the modernization program,” said Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Atty. Martin Delgra.

(Other than the modernized units, we want to show how the system will run under the modernization program.)

The transportation department also plans to launch the following routes for the new jeepneys: CCP to Mall of Asia;  Fort Bonifacio Taguig to Guadalupe, Makati; Pasayto Pateros, and Cogeo to Cubao, Quezon City.

Delgra added that the Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines are currently processing the financing program that is being offered to those operators who want to avail the modern jeepney units.

Delgra also said the local government units are now focusing on the creation of their route rationalization plan, which will become the basis of the numbers and areas where they will provide modern PUJs.

Despite various consultations, Delgra admitted that some transport operators are still worried about the implications of modernization on their livelihood.

Delgra also said that some transport leaders continue to insist that they be allowed to rehabilitate their jeepneys instead of buying new units.

But he argued that the rehabilitation of their units will only be allowed within the three-year transition period.

After that, jeepney operators will still be required to comply with the specifications required under the PUV modernization program.

The DOTr targets to finish the whole PUV modernization program on jeepneys by the year 2020. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Newly accredited transport network companies to begin operating this May

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Saturday, May 5th, 2018

The fare structure of OWTO, one of the newly-accredited transport network companies

MANILA, Philippines – New transport network companies (TNCs) are set to operate in the country this month.

While the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will look into bids to adjust the TNVS’ supply cap  after every three months.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has accredited five new transport companies set to operate in the Philippines.  These are Hype, Owto, Go Lag, Hirna, and Micab.

Micab, a TNC partnering with taxi cabs already started its operation.

Its app allows passengers to book a ride without internet connection.

Its fare will be based on the taxi’s meter and will not collect booking fees.

“Tayo ay naka-focus sa mga taxis, at ang mga taxis naman natin ay may existing na mga franchise so hindi naming nakikita yung problema na makakadagdag sa trapiko,” said Leo Gellor from Micab.

Another TNC, Hirna is also a taxi-hailing service. But for now, its operation will only cover Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Cebu, Baguio, and Pampanga.

On the other hand, the TNC called Hype will use private-owned vehicles. Hype said it currently has 30,000 members which also includes those without franchises.

“Marami rin na naga-apply na bago, and once we start to operate we will also present their case to LTFRB,” said Hype President Nicanor Escalante.

Hype’s fare structure is composed of P40  base fare, 14 pesos per kilometer charge, and times two surge rate.

It is set to launch its mobile application on May 19. While Owto’s mobile application will be available for download on May 18. It also has fare matrix similar to Hype’s.

The company has yet to operate, but as early as now, they already have 5,000 registered TNVS.

“Ang naa-accommodate po naming ngayon due to LTFRB’s mandate yun lang pong may mga existing pa, but then again wag pong mawawalan ng pagasa yung mga new applicants natin,” Owto chief financial officer Rudolfo Prieto said.

Meanwhile, Go Lag is planning to launch its operation by June.

Grab PH earlier said that the number of their vehicles is very limited to meet the 600,000 demand in ride-bookings daily.

In line with this, the LTFRB will study TNVS supply cap adjustment after every three months. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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New TNC ‘Hype’ releases fare rate

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Filipino-owned transport network company (TNC) Hype

 

MANILA, Philippines — The newest ride-hailing service company “Hype” has now released its fare structure.

Hype’s base fare is P40 with additional charge of P14 per kilometer for their Sedan cars.

Meanwhile, P30 will be the base fare for carpooling service with an additional P9.50 per kilometer rate. Though new, the transport network company’s (TNC) fare rate is somehow similar to that of Grab.

“We don’t have per minute [rate] and no hidden charges,” said Nick Escalante, Hype’s President and CEO.

Students, senior citizens and persons with disability (PWD) will automatically get discounted fares. Passengers can book a ride even without internet connection but by simply using SMS or text messaging applications. The Hype app also has an “SOS” button feature that drivers and passengers may use in times of emergencies.

“Hype” can accommodate up to 65,000 transport network vehicle service (TNVS) drivers as approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) It vows to implement a “one-strike policy” apprehension among its drivers in the event of violations.

The “Hype” app can be downloaded beginning May 19 while its operations will officially start on May 26.

“Hype” is just one of the new TNC players in the country along with Golag, Hirna, Micab, Owto and U-Hop. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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