Transport groups to petition a P10 increase in minimum fare in jeepneys

UNTV News   •   September 14, 2017   •   5644

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MANILA, Philippines — Transport Groups Pasang Masda, FEJODAP, ACTO and others are preparing a consolidated petition to the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board to increase jeepney’s minimum fare by P2.00.

This, after prices of petroleum products increased again Tuesday.

From the current P8.00, the first 4-kilometer trip will amount to P10.00; P2.00 will be added to succeeding kilometers.

The National Center for Commuters’ Safety and Protection (NCCP), meanwhile, sees the P2.00 increase as too much.

“Ang commuters will be able to adjust to a P1 increase, from P8 to P9, wag naman muna kaagad P10, pagdating na ng bagong jeep, pwede na yung P10,” NCCP president Maricor Akol said.

(Commuters will be able to adjust to a P1.00 increase, from P8.00 to P9.00. But a jump to P10 is too much. P10 is okay with the new jeepney models.)

The commuters group also appealed to equate the possible fare increase with better service.

“Pakiusap lang sana naman habang nag-increase sila, i-improve din nila yung service nila. Sana yung attitude nila, i-improve din nila (I appeal to them to improve their services as they increase the fare. I hope their attitude improves as well),” Akol said.

For jeepney drivers and operators, the increase is reasonable.

“A liter costs P30 or more. That is a favor for us because much has been taken from us,” driver Jojo Adrias said.

“We can no longer cover the increase with the P8.00 fare. It will be unfair for jeepney operators and drivers,” said Pasang Masda President Roberto “Ka Obet” Martin. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

PUV operators ask LTFRB to remove P5,000 penalty vs drivers for not wearing facemasks while on duty

Maris Federez   •   February 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila jeepney operators asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to remove the P5,000.00 fine being imposed on public utility vehicles (PUV) drivers for not wearing facemasks while on transport.

Under the LTFRB memorandum circular 2020-05, drivers and operators are required to wear facemasks as part of their safety precaution against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Alliance of Concerned Transport Operators (ACTO) President Efren de Luna said they are always ready to take heed on the said measure, except that they are having difficulty finding available face masks in the market.

“Ang problema ho dun walang mabilhan, pag walang raw hong mask, may bayad ng 5000, may fine na penalty na P5,000,” de Luna said.

He pointed out that even the Department of Health has advised that due to the shortage in the supply of facemasks, priority is given to health workers and patients on its usage.

The LTFRB, on the other hand, said during the hearing at the House Committee on Transportation that it will review the said measure and will take the request into consideration. — (from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

No transport strike despite class suspension – transport groups

admin   •   March 20, 2018

PISTON president George San Mateo

MANILA, Philippines —Malacañang has suspended classes from all levels in both private and public schools in Metro Manila on Tuesday.

Based on the memo circular, this is to avoid students from getting stranded due to the transport strike.

But some transport groups are wondering why when they did not organize a transport strike that day.

Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) national president George San Mateo said this is only a tactic by the Duterte administration.

“Ang tingin namin ang Malacañang naglilikha ng confusion para magpanic at maglikha ng galit sa ating mga mamamayan laban sa mga driver, para i-crackdown ang mga driver,” San Mateo said.

(The way we see it, Malacañang is creating confusion to cause panic so that people will turn against jeepney drivers and they can conduct a crackdown on drivers.)

This was promptly denied by Malacañang.

“Hindi po namin alam kung ano ang plano ng Piston. Inanunsyo nila, isang linggo yata yan, or nagbabanta sila ng patuloy na strike. Naniniguro lang po ang president. Hindi ko po alam kung anong taktika ang sinasabi nila,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

(We don’t know what Piston is planning. They made an announcement it might be a week-long strike or they threatened to conduct a continuous strike. The President just wants to be sure. I don’t know about these “tactics” they are talking about.)

Some jeepney operators appealed to the government not to suspend classes and even assured to provide transportation to students.

“Dahil agree naman kami sa lahat ng modernization at inaayos na namin ito,” said Zenny Maranan, president of Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (Fejodap).

(Because we agree with all modernization plans and we are working things out.)

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) appealed to San Mateo to accept the modernization program for the sake of the commuters.

“The only way to go here, and this is a message to George, is to embrace the modernization program. Hindi natin haharangin, kasi haharangin natin ng tigil pasada, sino napeperwisyo? Ang mananakay,” LTFRB chair Atty. Martin Delgra said.

(The only way to go here, and this is a message to George, is to embrace the modernization program. We should not block it. Because when you block it with a transport strike, who suffers most — the commuters.)

LTFRB plans to pursue filing a case not only against San Mateo but to all those who participated in the transport strike.

Since last year, Piston has conducted three transport strikes while LTFRB had already filed two cases against San Mateo. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue



Petition for P2 minimum fare increase in jeepneys, submitted to LTFRB

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Five transport groups joined forces in seeking a P2.00-hike in minimum jeepney fare.

In a petition they filed before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Pasang Masda, FEJODAP, ACTO, LTOP and ALTODAP argued the amount jeepney drivers earn with the P8-minimum fare is not enough to sustain their daily needs.

“They take home only 50% of their earnings because they lose it to heavy traffic, and it’s also cause by the increase petroleum products, the ‘colorum’ vehicles, and those who extort money from them. These are the expenses the government can’t provide for that’s why we are seeking for a fare increase,” said Acto National President Efren de Luna.

The transport groups believe the commuters will understand their request for a fare hike.

For Angelito Conte the fare increase is reasonable for jeepney drivers like him.

“It’s better to for the fare to increase because as of now the prices of diesel are too high. So our earnings are not the same every day. There are times it’s good, there are times it’s not,” said Conte.

Angelito earns an average of P400 a day.

If the minimum jeepney fare increases by P2, he can take home P500 to P600 daily.

However, some passengers are against it.

“It’s not fair for us because prices of goods are already too high and the fare hike will add to our expenses. It will only be a burden to the commuters,” commuter Linton Valenzuela said.

“A P2.00 increase is too much. . .The increase should not be that high. It should be balanced because not everyone can pay for that high fare,” commuter Leticia Mones said.

The LTFRB sets the hearing on the fare hike petition on the 27th of September.

“The estimated number of PUJ’s nationwide is 200,000. With an average of 16 passengers per unit we are talking about 3.2 million passengers that who will be affected. Therefore the increase has a social impact, therefore the board must thoroughly deliberate the matter,” LTFRB Spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada said. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue


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