Bus fare hike pe­ti­tion meets no op­po­si­tion

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

The P4 fare hike pe­ti­tion filed by the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Bus Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion and the Cebu South Mini-Bus Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion has met no op­po­si­tion dur­ing the pub­lic hear­ing con­ducted by the Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board in Cen­tral Visayas yes­ter­day.

The hear­ing was at­tended by the bus and mini-bus op­er­a­tors. No rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the com­muters at­tended the pub­lic hear­ing.

CPBOA and CSMBOA ear­lier filed a joint pe­ti­tion for fare in­crease cit­ing se­ries of fuel price in­creases. The op­er­a­tors asked that the min­i­mum fare of P6 be raised to P10 for the first five kilo­me­ters and P1.50 for every suc­ceed­ing kilo­me­ter from P1.20.

Juli­eto Flores, CPBOA spokesman and CSMBOA pres­i­dent, said it has been a long time since they asked for fare in­crease. Flores said that the last time they asked for fare in­crease was in 2008 when the diesel price was still at around P20 per liter. "Karon kay hapit na P50 ang matag litro sa diesel. Mao na nga kami nanghi­naot nga aproba­han gyud sa LTFRB ang among petisyon," Flores said.

LTFRB-7 hear­ing of­fi­cer Atty. Ed­win An­tepuesto has given the pe­ti­tion­ers 15 days to sub­mit a man­i­festo and other per­ti­nent doc­u­ments to sup­port their pe­ti­tion. An­tepuesto said the doc­u­ments will be for­warded to Manila which will have the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

Richard Coromi­nas, CPBOA pres­i­dent, said the P4 in­crease they are ask­ing is not ex­ces­sive con­sid­er­ing that ma­jor­ity of their units are brand new and equipped with high tech gad­gets.

"We asked for un­der­stand­ing among the pas­sen­gers kay taas na gyud kaayo ang presyo sa krudo ron as com­pared in 2008," said Coromi­nas.

A fire razes sev­eral houses in Si­tio Su­gar­lan­dia, Barangay Ba­cayan, Cebu City yes­ter­day dawn. ALDO NELBERT BANAYNAL

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