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Drivers seek P4-fare hike, cites costly fuel

The Transport group Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations on Tuesday asked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to raise the basic fare on jeepneys to P12 from P8.

The group cited the effect on fuel prices of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN law.

ACTO president Efren de Luna said they had amended their earlier fare hike petition asking for a P2 increase in the minimum jeepeney fare. 

“Ang halaga lamang po ng aming pinagbatayan no’n ay P35 per liter pero ngayon po, umaabot na po tayo ng halos P47 per liter,” De Luna told Balitanghali.

“At ang pinagbatayan nga po natin nu’ng kami’y nag-file ay P8 na patungo po sa P10 pero ang nangyari po ngayon dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo ng langis... sa pamamagitan ng TRAIN law ay nagkaroon po kami ng amyenda du’n sa petition na lugar na P8 to P10 ay ginawa na po naming P12.” 

The LTFRB, which approved a P1 provisional fare hike for jeepneys in July, has yet to comment on the transport group’s latest request.

“Ibig sabihin, ’yung P1 po na hiniling naming provisional ay nakuha na namin, tatlong piso na lamang po ang hinihiling namin para maging P12,” De Luna said.

He said the LTFRB had no reason to deny their petition, citing the recent increases in pump prices.

He assured the public that they would act accordingly if ever prices went down.

Topics: Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations , Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board , Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law
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