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Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Araguy! Common Juan and Maria would again feel the crunch of shelling out additional fifty centavos each way due to a provisional fare hike starting today, March 21, 2012. It will translate to P1 hike for two-way transportation of commuters to their workplace, school, home or other places of destination.

Public utility jeepneys (PUJs) operating in the National Capital Region and Regions 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 will start charging P8.50 minimum fare to passengers today after Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) finally decided to reinstate the former minimum jeepney fare of P8.50 after weeks of public consultation and deliberation.

The LTFRB has allowed jeepney operators to charge an additional 50-centavo fare for the first four kilometers of travel without hiking the rate for the succeeding kilometers.
LTFRB clarified that the provisional 50-centavo jeepney fare increase will NOT cover the following:
  • Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
  • Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Region 1
  • Region 5 
  • Region 12
Transport operators in the above areas did not initiate any similar fare hike petition.

Reason for the fare hike: LTFRB has reached the decision after having seen that indeed there has been an increase in the cost of spare parts like tires, brake oils and other accessories, not to mention the rising cost of fuel, electricity and basic goods and services for the past four years of automotive spare parts and accessories, when minimum jeepney fare was pegged at P8.50 and not because of the militant transport operators’ threat to mobilize mass demonstrations, paralyze public transportation, and boycott the big oil companies if their petition for provisional fare increase is ignored.

According to Mar Roxas, the provisional fare increase may influence inflation but not significantly because it will not be heavy to shell out an additional P1 on one’s daily budget for a two-way transportation.

I beg to disagree sir. Common Juan and Maria will have to shell out triple that amount if they have to ride a trike to go to the main road, then transfer to a jeepney then another jeepney going to work. A three pesos (Php 3.00) additional burden everyday multiply by 30 days would translate to Php 90.00. A burdensome amount if you are the common Juan or Maria. And nothing for elite people who don't commute going to work.

I wish this government officials commute to work everyday so they will feel how it is to commute going to work and back.I also hope they earn the same salary as that of Juan and Maria, and let's hear them talk after they got this news.


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