Consumer group seeks rollback in minimum fare of buses, jeepneys

admin   •   November 13, 2018   •   2821

The United Filipino Consumers and Commuters (UFCC) is calling on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to rollback minimum fares of buses and jeepneys.

UFCC president, Rodolfo Javellana Jr. in a written appeal urged the LTFRB to reopen discussions on fare adjustments and to revert minimum fares back to P8.00 for jeepneys; P10.00 for ordinary buses and P12.00 for air-conditioned buses.

Javellana cited the drop in fuel prices for five consecutive weeks which should justify a rollback.

He added that experts have predicted that oil prices will continue to drop in the world market.

Javellana also noted the government’s decision to suspend implementation of the second tranche of fuel excise taxes and the continuous assistance given to the transportation sector through the Pantawid Pasada program.

He also quoted Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade who said last October 31 that the fare hike should not be implemented.

In the end, the group said millions of passengers are heavily affected by LTFRB’s decision to increase minimum fares of buses and jeepneys. — UNTV News & Rescue

Appeal vs jeepney, bus fare hike may delay implementation – LTFRB

admin   •   October 24, 2018

Before they can implement the back to back fare hikes in jeepneys and buses, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) must resolve first the petition filed by a commuters’ group against the fare increases.

Last week, the LTFRB announced the approval of a P10 minimum jeepney fare in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon as well as the P1.00 increase in bus fare which was seen to take effect on November 3.

LFTRB chair Martin Delgra said that the Board will try to decide on the petition immediately.

When asked if implementation of the fare hike may possibly be delayed, Delgra said, “There is a possibility, but as I’ve said we will agenda the motion, for reconsideration this week. We’re going to have a board meeting tomorrow so we would be certainly able to discuss and hopefully resolve it within the period.”

Meanwhile, Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap) head, Zeny Maranan questioned the statement of the LTFRB by noting that the price of petroleum per liter has not gone lower than P25 so as to warrant a delay in the implementation of the new fare scheme,

Delgra said that the approved fare rates for buses and jeepneys may still change depending on the movement of the oil prices in world market.

“Historically, the minimum fare has moved up and down, with respect to external factors which includes of course the movement of prices in the fuel,” said the LTFRB chair. — Yssa Jalmasco (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

LTFRB approves P1 bus fare increase

admin   •   October 18, 2018

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

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LTFRB orders Grab to lower surge pricing

admin   •   April 11, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Grab driver, Wilson Esteras, is now worried because his income will surely be affected.

This was after Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered Grab to lower their surge pricing to 1.5 from the times 2.

Esteras explained that the usual fare of P120 during rush hour will now become P90 due to the order.

“To be honest, malungkot (it’s disappointing). Malungkot yun kasi syempre magbabawas na naman ng kita namin. Sana rin yung fare increase na i-finile ni Grab na dinedemand yung fare hike sana ma-approve para at least makabawi kami sa operational cost namin kasi ang gas tumataas rin naman kasi,” said the Grab driver.

(To be honest, it’s sad. It’s sad because, of course, our income will be reduced again. We hope that the fare hike filed by Grab will be approved so we can at least recoup our operational costs because fuel prices also increase.)

LTFRB said that the 1.5 surge pricing will remain until the board approves the application of the three transport network vehicles (TNCs).

Grab, on the other hand, said this will surely affect the income of their drivers.

But Grab warned their drivers not to take advantage of passengers because of the order.

“We ask the riding public paki report po agad (promptly report) any opportunity possible kapag may ganito (if there are such cases) because we will fully take action,” said Grab head of public affairs Leo Gonzales.

Drivers opposed the statement of Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) partylist Representative Koko Nograles to return the P1.8 billion that Grab overcharged from its passengers.

Grab driver, Wilson, said this will be a problem because they have already earned it.

“Kami ang mag suffer. At pag kami nag-suffer, lahat kami technically, hindi makakabayad ng monthly amortization. Wala kami papakain sa pamilya namin. So si Congressman Nograles ba sasagot sa mga pagkain ng pamilya namin?” said Esteras.

(We are the ones who will suffer. And if we suffer, all of us technically will not be able to pay monthly amortization. We won’t have anything to feed our family with. So, is Congressman Nograles going to feed our families?)

Nograles said they will conduct an oversight committee hearing if the LTFRB will not investigate the case.

LTFRB may also be charged with graft if they will not act on the case.

“Kung hindi po sila gagalaw para i-refund ang pera ng taong bayan, ibig sabihin doon sila pumanig sa Grab at hindi sa taong bayan. Kaya ang LTFRB ginawa yan para protektahan ang taong-bayan,” said Nograles.

(If they will not move to refund the people’s money, it would mean they are siding with Grab and not the people. LTFRB was created to protect the people.) — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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