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LTFRB eyes fare regulation for school services

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) convened operators of school services in Metro Manila on Thursday, June 14, to discuss a system and a fare matrix to be imposed on school services.

Based on the current system, school service fares are up to the decision of operators which they present to school management for approval.

To come up with a unified system, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the LTFRB agreed to create a technical working group that will assess and analyze how much fare a school service should charge.

According to the group “Magkakaisang Alyansa ng mga School Service,” they are currently charging a monthly fare of P1,500 per student which they claim is not enough to cover the vehicle maintenance expenses and to cope up with rising prices of oil fuel. Aside from this, the group added that competition among school services is high as tricycles are also being utilized as service for students.

DOTr Undersecretary Thomas Orbos, meanwhile, assured that they will review the use of tricycles as school services in consideration of  areas where tricycles are the only mode of transportation.

LTFRB is yet to decide on a fare matrix on school services. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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DOTR-LTFRB: P10.00 minimum jeepney fare not yet effective

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) clarified confusion on the official implementation of the P2.00 increase in minimum fare on public utility jeepneys (PUJ).

In a decision issued by the LTFRB, the P2.00 fare increase is broken down to “additional one peso for the first four kilometers or a minimum fare of ten pesos from the original fare of eight pesos.”

The decision covers PUJs in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and in the Southern Tagalog Region.

However, the DOTr stressed that the P2.00 fare hike is not yet executory and will only take effect on the first week of November.

This, after a copy of the order leaked on social media that bears no final and official signature.

 “We request drivers to wait until the LTFRB releases the official document on the fare hike before charging any additional fare. Thank you for understanding.” The DOTR-LTFRB’s statement said.

It was in September 2017 when transport groups filed a petition for a fare increase for PUJs citing uncontrollable increase in prices of oil products.

The LTFRB granted the P1 provisional fare increase for jeepneys in Metro Manila and the regions concerned in July this year thus making the minimum fare for jeepneys P9.00.

With an additional P1.00 increase, the minimum fare is now set at P10.00 – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Dalian trains to go on simulation run prior to 2018 debut

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Railway engineers from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), MRT-3, the Philippines National Railways, and CRRC Dalian recently convened to discuss the conduct of a simulation run of Dalian trains this October.

The said test run aims to review the reliability and compatibility of Dalian trains before officially hitting the tracks by the end of the year.

The MRT management, meanwhile, assured that the simulation run will not affect the MRT-3’s regular train services.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade previously said that they plan to inaugurate the official operation of the 48 Dalian trains before the end of 2018 only if they pass safety and security standards. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Poe warns DOTr of budget cut over PUV modernization issues

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Senator Grace Poe via Facebook

 

Senate Committee on Public Services chairperson Senator Grace Poe has warned officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of a possible cut in next year’s budget if they fail to answer various concerns of jeepney drivers and operators regarding the public utility vehicle modernization program of the government.

“Kung hindi nila magagawa yan magkakaproblema sila pagdating ng kanilang budget. Nasa kapangyarihan ng Kongreso at Senado na gawin yan,” Poe said.

“Siyempre ayaw naman natin na basta ipitin dahil maraming apektado, pero kailangan muna nilang patunayan ang kanilang sarili na sa tamang paraan nila ginagasta ang pinapamahagi ng taumbayan.”

Among the issues that the senator wants to clarify is whether or not the P80,000 subsidy would be enough to allow the drivers and operators to comply with the program.

She also noted the slow-paced distribution of fuel vouchers and claimed that, to date, only 25 percent of the total population of jeepney drivers nationwide has received their vouchers.

Senator Poe was the guest of honor at Monday’s transport summit led by the transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON).

The event was attended by hundreds of jeepney drivers and operators who expressed their doubts and complaints anew against the PUV nmodernization program.

PISTON clarified that they support the proposed improvements in the public transportation sector, but not the current version of DOTr and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) wherein, he said, only big car manufacturers will benefit from it and not the jeepney drivers and commuters.

The group is grateful to Poe for understanding their concerns.

PISTON national president, George San Mateo said, “Kampante kami at natutuwa kami sa pahayag ni Senator Poe kasi yun naman talaga ang gusto namin mangyari – maimbestigahan ulit itong isyu ng pekeng modernization. Lalo na on the basis ng mga bagong sirkular na nilabas ng LTFRB.”

Piston is asking the Senate committee to investigate what they claim is a questionable provision under the omnibus franchising guidelines that forces the individual operators to purchase modern jeepney units.

The LTFRB on the other hand has been pushing for upgraded models of jeepney units to prevent road accidents. — Joan Nano

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