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
LTFRB approves P1 bus fare increase
After approving the P10 minimum fare in jeepneys, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has also granted a provisional P1.00 fare increase in commuter buses.
This raises the P10 minimum fare of ordinary buses to P11 while air-conditioned buses with a minimum fare of P12 will now charge P13.
The fare hike will be implemented 15 days after publication of the decision.
Other than the P1.00 increase, buses are also authorized to add P0.15 per succeeding kilometer of travel. — UNTV News & Rescue
Fuel vouchers to be distributed in Marikina today
FILE PHOTO: Fuel Subsidy Card
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will be visiting Marikina City Hall Quadrangle today, September 24, to continue the fuel voucher distribution caravan for all public utility jeepney (PUJ) operators and drivers.
The distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Operators or drivers need to bring relevant documents to prove ownership of the franchise in order to claim the Libreng Pantawid Pasada cards.
The caravan aims to simplify the process of allocating the fuel vouchers of the Pantawid Pasada Program to almost 200,000 registered PUJ operators across the country.
DOTr belies report of approved P12 minimum jeepney fare
The Department of Transportation has belied reports circulating on social media that the minimum jeepney fare is now P12.
A post by the Facebook page Philippinews Trend said that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has approved the P12 jeepney fare and will implement it starting November.
The DOTr refuted the claim and confirmed that the prevailing provisional fare for jeepneys is P9.00.
In a new post, Philippinews Trend apologized for the wrong information and explained that their FB account was allegedly hacked. They have since deleted the misleading article.
The DOTr reminds the public to be discerning about what you read online and to check official social media accounts instead for reliable information.