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LTFRB studies petition for P3 hike in jeepney fare

LTFRB studies petition for P3 hike in jeepney fare (File photo)

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is still studying the petition of transport groups in Luzon for a P3 hike in jeepney fare amid the continued rise in domestic fuel prices brought by the surge in world oil prices.

LTFRB Central Visayas Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. said its main headquarters is still studying the move, and that there is an ongoing study and gathering of data or recommendations from involved government agencies like the Department of Energy (DOE).

“It will still be studied by the Board so commuters would not be too much affected. In the interview of our LTFRB Chairman (Martin Delgra III), there should be balance,” he said.

According to the DOE oil price monitor, “crude oil prices rose steadily on the persistent supply squeeze amid improving global demand and high liquefied natural gas and coal prices boosting demand for oil products in meeting energy needs.”

The rally also comes amid China asking its state-owned energy companies to secure energy supplies for upcoming winter “at any cost,” the DOE said.

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said they are pushing for subsidies for jeepney drivers instead of a fare hike.

He said they are studying how to increase incentives for jeepney drivers per kilometer to help them amid the rising oil prices. (JOB)


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