COMMUTERS in Makati City will enjoy a one-peso discount on public utility jeepneys and tricycles today, Monday.

In a manifesto, the Unified Transport Federation of Makati Inc. (UTFM) and Ang Bagong Makati Tricycle Federation (AB-Matrifed) said the move is their birthday gift to the new mayor, Jejomar Erwin Binay, who is celebrating his 33rd birthday.

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The discounted fares will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

But the one-time discount does not cover students, elderly and persons with disabilities because they already get a 20 percent discount as mandated by the law.

The UTFM and AB-Matrifed are alliances of local transport groups formed by jeepneys and tricycle drivers and operators from the first and second districts of Makati City.

For his part, Binay expressed his gratitude to the UTFM and AB-Matrifed for their support and for their unique present that he said will add meaning to his birthday.

"It is an honor for a chief executive to know that stakeholders in the public transport sector are also inspired to give back to their fellow constituents," Binay said.(AH/Sunnex)