LTFRB to hear petition for P2.50 PUJ fare hike

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 has scheduled a public hearing on June 24 on the petition of the Cebu Integrated Transport Service Cooperation (Citrasco) to raise the minimum jeepney fare in Central Visayas from P7.50 to P10 for the first five kilometers.

LTFRB 7 Director Ahmed Cuizon said the public hearing complies with the order signed by LTFRB Chairman Winston Gines and Board Member Ronaldo Corpuz.

Gines had asked Cuizon during last month’s transport summit to conduct the hearing, but the written copy arrived in Cebu yesterday.

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Citrasco chairman Ryan Benjamin Yu filed the petition last month when diesel cost P45 per liter. Yesterday, some stations were selling diesel at P42.70 per liter with the possibility of additional price rollbacks.

Speaking before the 888 News Forum at Marco Polo Plaza, Cuizon said LTFRB 7 has the discretion to determine whether there will be an increase or to recommend how much increase will be, if needed.

“We will invite all sectors of society to attend the public hearing on June 24. We are hoping that all interested parties will voice out their opinion so we can have a better recommendation,” Cuizon said.

Last week, the LTFRB in Manila approved an increase in jeepney fares in Metro Manila.

The agency is leaving it up to regional offices to decide whether to follow suit, based on the outcome of the public hearings.

Assurance

Cuizon assured the public that the people’s right will be protected in discussing Citrasco’s petition.

Former mediaman Boy Solomon told Cuizon that jeepney drivers have been overcharging passengers for a long time since they don’t give change if the passenger pays P8.

In a related development, Arthur Barrit, spokesman of the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, said any fare increase can affect a worker’s budget.

He said if Citrasco’s petition is approved, the take-home pay of the average worker, which is estimated at P289 per day, will be cut to at least P279 per day.

A fare hike will also mean that the worker’s buying power is reduced, especially if the worker has children going to school, he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 04, 2014.

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