House OKs bill on mandatory student fare discount

February 05, 2019

THE House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill seeking to provide fare   discount to students on public transportation even on weekends and holidays.

With 169 votes, lawmakers unanimously approved House Bill 8885 or the “Student Fare Discount Act” principally-authored by Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas.

The proposed law mandates a year-round 20 percent discount for students on regular domestic fares on all public  transportation, including land, rail, sea, and air even on weekends and holidays.

The discount will be granted upon presentation of a duly issued and validated identification card or current validated enrolment form supported by proof of identity.

According to Vargas, the bill aims to empower students by enabling them to pursue their education, helping them acquire gainful employment, thereby securing their future.

The bill specifies that any individual who uses falsified identification documents would be denied the privileges and may be subject to civil and penal liabilities prescribed by law.

“The bill seeks to address economic concerns and the alarming rate of school drop-out. This will alleviate the burden of the parents and guardians in the financial support given to the students with due consideration to the continued rise in the cost of education, including incidental expenses and transportation costs,”  Vargas said.

Students who are deprived of these benefits by operators may file complaints with the  Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board for land transportation, Maritime Industry Authority for water public transportation, Civil Aeronautics Board for air transportation utilities, Legal Service of the Department of Transportation for rail, and  Office of the Local Chief Executive of the local government unit for tricycles.