Fare hike review order welcomed

November 01, 2018
Arthur Tugade
Arthur Tugade

A commuters and motorists group welcomed the order of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to review the increase in jeepney and bus fares.

The group also agreed with the proposal to peg fare adjustments to the rise and fall of petroleum prices.

Tugade ordered the fare review following the dip in oil prices on the world market.

Jessie Santos, national president of Public Commuters and Motorists Alliance (PCMA), commended Tugade for directing the LTFRB to review the fare increase it granted public transports.

“Alan nyo maganda yung wisdom dun sa order of review ni Sec. Tugade at yung ceiling fare proposal na igaya sa Air sector, tama nga naman para kung tumaas at bumaba automatic ang pamasahe baba o tataas depende sa presyo ng petrolyo,” said Santos.

The PCMA is hoping that the order and proposal of Secretary Tugade would be implemented simultaneously for the good of the public especially the commuters and transport groups.

“Sana po ipatupad agad ng LTFRB ang utos ni Secretary Tugade,” Santos said.

In a separate interview former LTFRB member lawyer Ariel Inton Jr. said that there were already attempts in the past make fare adjustments automatic depending on the movement of fuel prices.

Inton however said “it´s easier said than done because fare is not solely based on fuel cost but on other factors. Who will decide how much is the fare without consultations with the transport sector. That’s the essence of having a hearing. Besides the rules of LTFRB have provisions to remedy those situations like imposing provisional fare increase or decrease.”

As to Tugade’s order to review the fare increase “maski walang instruction LTFRB can do that as a regulatory body.

“Depende talaga sino nakaupo sa Board,” said Inton.

The latest fare adjustment pegs the minimum fare at P10 in the National Capital Region, Region 3, and Region 4.

A commuters’ group appeal to stop the increase was denied.

The LTFRB will implement the decision starting November 2 pending review.