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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, August 10, 2018
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Fare hike reduction questioned


Leaders of three Negros Occidental transport groups want an explanation on why the fare rate increase of P2.50 for public utility jeepneys has been reduced to P2.

That means the new fare for the first five kilometers will be P8.50 from the current P6.50, instead of P9, they said.

Western Visayas Regional Director Richard Osmeña of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board could not be reached for comment on the change in the fare rate hike.

Osmeña was reported as saying that the LTFRB’s final decision for the fare hike rate was based on the recommendation of the National Economic Development Authority.

The fare hike will be implemented 15 days after the LTFRB decision is published in a newspaper.

Diego Malacad of the United Negros Drivers and Operators Center, Elizabeth Katalbas of the Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Associations, and Jessie Ortega of the Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros, aired their dismay yesterday at the reduction in the earlier announced fare hike.

Malacad said that when the fare hike was announced the price of diesel was P39.40 and now it is P43, yet they reduced the increase by 50 centavos.

They are calling for a dialog with Osmeña to be clarified on the matter, he said.

Ortega said Osmeña had no word of honor, as he had earlier announced that the rate hike would be P2.50.

He said the P8.50 rate for regular passengers and P7.50 for senior citizens, persons with disabilities and students, would mean that when there is no change, drivers will only be paid P8 and P7.

Katalbas said she was not aware that a change had been made in the announced fare hike.*CPG


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