By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Fare matrices will continue to be distributed to jeepney and bus operators while the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is set to hear the petition for fare rollback this month.
LTFRB chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III said that the Board has decided to accept the petition despite compliance issues on the letter and set it for hearing this November.
Earlier this week, United Filipino Consumers and Commuters (UFCC) filed anew a petition to the LTFRB to reopen discussions on PUV fare adjustments amid series of fuel price rollbacks.
The group also asked the LTFRB to bring back the minimum fares of jeepneys to P8, as well as the P10 and P12 minimum fares for ordinary and air-conditioned commuter buses in light of lower pump prices.
In a press briefing at the LTFRB office in Quezon City on Wednesday, Delgra said that as much as they want to address the issue on the fare adjustment immediately, it still needs to undergo a process.
“Hindi natin masabi kung matatapos ba ‘yan ng isang hearing o dalawang hearing… Nevertheless, we have to have a full hearing in order to address the issue. There is a need to grant the petition and if so, how much and what are the justifications,” he explained.
Pending the resolution of the appeal for fare rollback, Delgra reminded the riding public that the recently-approved fare increases still stand.
“Yung pamasahe sa ngayon, as we speak until such time as the fare would be adjusted again, will remain the same. So, ‘yung P10 po remains the same,” he stated.
The LTFRB chief added that it will continue to distribute fare matrices to jeepney and bus operators that are needed to be able to charge higher fares.
Delgra also said that the fare matrix would soon be available online through the LTFRB’s website.
Apart from hearing the fare rollback petition, Delgra bared that the Board had also set up a technical working group to address the issue of predetermining fares per order of Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade.#