Fare hike hear­ing sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 2

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Mitchelle L. Palaub­sanon / RHM

The Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board-7 had set on Oc­to­ber 2, 10 a.m., the pub­lic hear­ing on the pe­ti­tions to in­crease the min­i­mum fare of pub­lic util­ity jeep­neys.

The pub­lic hear­ing will tackle the re­quests of Cebu In­te­grated Trans­port Ser­vice Multi-pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive (CITRASCO), which seeks a hike of P1, and of the Basak Lapu-Lapu City Jeep­ney Op­er­a­tors and Driv­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Inc.Na­tional Con­fed­er­a­tion of Trans­port­work­ers UnionVisayas, which seeks a P1.50 in­crease. Both pe­ti­tions were filed last April.

CITRASCO chair­man and gen­eral man­ager Ben­jamin Yu was sup­posed to file an amend­ment of their pe­ti­tion next week to also raise the pro­posed in­crease to P1.50.

"Needed na ang in­crease. If I will file an amend­ment, madugay og samot," he said.

To re­call, the min­i­mum jeep­ney fare in Cebu and the rest of Cen­tral Visayas was re­duced to P6.50 from P7 start­ing Fe­bru­ary 8, 2016 af­ter the LTFRB granted a pro­vi­sional P.50 fare re­duc­tion.

Driv­ers, how­ever, have ig­nored the de­crease, col­lect­ing P7 as min­i­mum fare and P14 in­stead of P13 as fare for two peo­ple.

PUJs ply­ing the Apas route in Cebu City, in par­tic­u­lar, are also over­charg­ing pas­sen­gers, col­lect­ing P10 from mostly call cen­ter work­ers who dis­em­bark at the IT Park when the fare should sup­pos­edly be just P8.50.

The LTFRB-7 or­der signed by Atty. Ed­win An­tepuesto stated that pe­ti­tion­ers shall cause the pub­li­ca­tion of the no­tice of hear­ing in a news­pa­per of gen­eral cir­cu­la­tion in Cen­tral Visayas at least 15 days prior to the date of hear­ing.

The or­der added that pe­ti­tion­ers shall like­wise sub­mit proof to the Of­fice of the So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral a copy of the pe­ti­tion and the no­tice of hear­ing.

The or­der fur­ther said that par­ties op­posed to the pe­ti­tion shall file their op­po­si­tion within 10 days from the date of pub­li­ca­tion of the no­tice of hear­ing.

The fare hike pe­ti­tion­ers cited the ris­ing cost of fuel as well as ris­ing prices of ve­hi­cle en­gine and ac­ces­sories as rea­sons why they seek an in­crease in fare.

They also said as rea­sons the wors­en­ing traf­fic con­di­tion in Metro Cebu, and that the daily take home earn­ing of jeep­ney driv­ers have be­come lower than the pre­vail­ing min­i­mum daily wage in the re­gion.

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