Transport group asks for P1 fare increase

A TRANSPORT group in Northern Mindanao is mulling to file a petition before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for a P1 fare increase for public utility jeepney (PUJ).

Joel Gabatan, regional coordinator of the National Confederation of Transport Union in Northern Mindanao (NCTU), said the group’s leaders have initially discussed to ask for fare hike but said that NCTU will still meet all the drivers by mid-January next year.

Gabatan said once the petition will be approved, the minimum fare for jeepney will then raise to P8, though it may become effective by February.

“Plano namo nga mangayo og dugang P1 kay sa Manila gani ilang gusto is P12 ang minimum,” Gabatan said.

Gabatan added he has heard other drivers wanting to have the minimum fare by P10.

“Didto sa among meeting mahibal-an kung unsa gyud ang among pangayoon dugang P1 ba or P10 nga minimum. Kung unsay gusto sa mga drivers wala mi mahimo kay sila man ang masunod,” Gabatan said.

Gabatan explained that their move is due to the new tax reform law which will become effective in 2018.

He said prices of petroleum products are expected to also rise prompting them to ask for the fare increase.

Gabatan warns the riding public to brace for whatever increases of PUJ fare, saying "it is but reasonable."

“Dili lang makurat ang mga sumasakay ug mangandam sa posibleng pagtaas sa plitehan kay makatarunganon maning atong gipangayo bisan tuod og medyo sakit gyud kay ang sweldo wala man sad mitaas,” Gabatan said.
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