THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) was urged to implement the ten percent fare discount on public utility vehicles as provided for under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.
Bagong Henerasyon (BH) party-list Rep. Bernadette “BH” Herrera-Dy, a member of the House committee on Metro Manila development, said the LTFRB should move now as inflation rates continue to rise and after it approved the P10 minimum fare for jeepneys starting in November.
“LTFRB and other public transport regulatory agencies must implement this provision of RA (Republic Act No.) 10963 (TRAIN Law) now so that those who are not covered by the 20 percent discount for seniors, PWDs (persons with disabilities), and students will also be shielded from the inflationary impact of the TRAIN Law,” said Herrera-Dy.
Herrera-Dy also said that any new fare setting issuances “should ideally be implemented simultaneously with the 10 percent fare shock absorber.”
“The social benefits card for the availment of this fare discount should be prepared now for the poorest 50 percent of our country’s population. This means about half of the around 108 million Filipinos should have this card,” said the lady lawmaker.
Herrera-Dy added that the mere presentation of the social benefits card should entitle its bearer the 10 percent discount on jeepneys, buses, light rail, and trains -- which are the public utility vehicles we have in the country.
“The Department of Finance and Land Bank of the Philippines should now get started on producing the social benefit cards. The DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) should work now on the system and process for issuing the cards to over 50 million people,” said Herrera-Dy.