MANILA, Philippines — Malacanang said Monday that the applications for fare hikes filed by public…
Beginning on July 1, the LTFRB has approved the P11 minimum PUJ fare.
Following approval of the petition by public transportation organizations by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the minimum fare in public utility jeepneys (PUJs) would rise to PHP11 nationwide starting this Friday.
According to an LTFRB directive issued on Wednesday, the new minimum charge is valid for the first four kilometers with no rise for subsequent kilometers.
The base fare for newer PUJs was raised to PHP13 for the first four kilometers.
Upon presentation of their senior citizen identification cards, “all PUJ services are directed to grant to qualified senior citizens using their services a fee discount of not less than 20% of the approved provisionally increased/discounted tariffs,” the directive stated.
It stated that students and people with disabilities are also eligible to the daily discount of PHP2.2 in traditional PUJs and PHP2.6 in modern PUJs.
It said that “all PUJ operators shall prominently display a notification of fare increase inside their public utility vehicles” for the benefit of the riding public.
It stated that the current fare matrix would not be revised or the rate collected raised.
A petition for a fare increase in PUJs was previously filed with the LTFRB by organizations involved in public transportation, including 1-United Transport Koalisyon (1-UTAK), Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila & Suburbs Drivers Association Nationwide Inc. (PASANG MASDA), Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP), and Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO). This was done in response to the
In their petition, they pointed out that when the minimum fee was last raised to PHP10, diesel cost PHP48.90 a liter, as opposed to PHP81.25 per liter, according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oil Price Monitor from June 8.