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Grab faces LTFRB over alleged predatory pricing

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

 

LTFRB (upper picture) & GRAB logo (lower picture)

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has resumed its hearing on the alleged overcharging of ride-hailing company Grab Philippines.

During the hearing, Grab officials faced off against PBA party-list Congressman Jericho Nograles, who criticized the  P2.00 per minute fare charge of the transport network company (TNC).

Before the hearing started, a Grab operator was kicked out the room by LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra for yelling at Nograles.

During the hearing, Grab explained to the board its pricing structure in charging their passengers for the ride-hailing service.

Things started to heat up after Nograles suggested that Grab owes its passengers P1.8 billion in refund for its alleged “illegal”  charges in the past five months.

In the initial questioning of the board, it turned out that Grab is imposing the P2 per minute fare charge unbeknownst to the agency.

However, the company asserted that the LTFRB approved the fare scheme based on a department order issued in December 2016.

At present, discussions on the issue remain complicated and the board is still baffled as to how Grab was able to implement a P2.00 per minute charge on its rides.  — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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MMDA to implement No Window Hours in Metro; to remove provincial bus terminals in EDSA

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to unify the No Window Hours policies of the different cities in Metro Manila.

This, after Metro Manila mayors agreed on its uniform implementation to prevent confusion among motorists.

MMDA General Manager Jose Arthuro Garcia said, “Kasi diba may lumabas na per city may window. Pagtawid mo may window na naman, nagkakagulo, nagagalit ang tao nalilito. That’s why we requested na baka puwede standard na tayo wala nang may window (Each city has its own window [hours]. It confuses people. That’s why we requested to make it standard, no more window [hours]).”

This means that vehicles covered by a day’s number coding will no longer be allowed on EDSA and other major thoroughfares in the metro, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The MMDA is quick to add, however, that this does not cover the cities where there is no number coding scheme; such as, Navotas, Pateros, Marikina, Taguig and Muntinlupa.

This, however, has to wait until ordinances regarding window hours in all cities are revised and updated.

Meanwhile, the MMDA is also set to remove the terminals of provincial buses in Metro Manila.

These terminals will be transferred to the Valenzuela and Sta. Rosa, Laguna interim terminals, as well as to the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

“Ang target natin dyan by June dapat wala na yan [We target to remove them by June] not only in EDSA but the whole Metro Manila,” Garcia added.

First to go are the provincial bus terminals along EDSA.

For its part, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will start the processing of the franchises of Metro city buses that will ferry passengers to and fro the interim terminals.

The MMDA will conduct the necessary dry run to help the buses and passengers get used to the new system, before its actual implementation.  – Maris Federez (with reports from Joan Nano)

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LTFRB: Pantawid Pasada cards may only be claimed until Feb. 28

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reminds legitimate franchise holders of Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJ) that they only have until Thursday, February 28 to claim their fuel cards under the government’s Pantawid Pasada program.

Under the program, fuel vouchers in the form of cash cards will be provided to PUJ qualified franchise holders to help them cope with the additional excise tax on fuel products under the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

For 2019, PUJ drivers are given P20,514 under the program. The fuel cards are processed by the Land Bank of the Philippines and funded through the TRAIN Act.

Drivers can use the Pantawid Pasada cards in select gasoline stations across the country.

The LTFRB in a statement said that around 86,000 cards are yet to be distributed to beneficiaries nationwide out of the more than 170,000 national target of beneficiaries in 2018.

For beneficiaries who cannot personally claim their fuel cards, the LTFRB reiterated that they are already accepting notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA) that can be downloaded from their website or are available in their office.

The notarized SPA can be brought by the beneficiary’s representatives to their respective LTFRB offices, along with an original photocopy of identification card of the franchise holder and of the representative; original OR/CR, original copy of CPC or proof of franchise, and recent photo of qualified franchise holder.

The board also urged the public to visit their accounts on social media for the complete list of fuel subsidy program beneficiaries. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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Student passengers can still avail fare discounts on holidays – LTFRB

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2018

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

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