Cebu bus op­er­a­tors ask LTFRB for P4 fare in­crease

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS PLUS -

In the spirit of Christ­mas, lo­cal bus op­er­a­tors asked the Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB) 7 to ap­prove their pe­ti­tion for a fare in­crease.

Not one sec­tor op­posed the fare in­crease pro­posed by the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Bus Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (CPBOA) dur­ing the pub­lic hear­ing at the LTFRB 7 Fri­day, Nov. 9.

The hear­ing lasted for only 20 min­utes since no one from the com­muters’ or con­sumers’ groups at­tended or sent a po­si­tion pa­per op­pos­ing the pro­posed fare hike.

The op­er­a­tors are ask­ing for a P4 fare in­crease for the first five kilo­me­ters and 30 cen­tavos more for the suc­ceed­ing kilo­me­ter in the wake of a se­ries of oil price in­crease.

The cur­rent fare is at P6 per kilo­me­ter and P1.20 for the suc­ceed­ing kilo­me­ter, which was based on oil prices in 2008 yet when fuel was only P20 per liter. The cur­rent price is al­most P50 per liter.

Julie Flores, chair­man of the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Bus and Mini Bus Op­er­a­tors Trans­port Co­op­er­a­tive, said this is the first time they asked for an in­crease since 2008.

He said that if fuel prices go down, they would also file a pe­ti­tion to lower bus fares.

Richard Coromi­nas, pres­i­dente of CPBOA, said the min­i­mum fare for buses in the re­gion should be based on the min­i­mum fare in Manila, which is P11, af­ter the LTFRB ap­proved last Oc­to­ber the P1 fare in­crease.

“Pi­nasko­han na lang unta ang gi­pan­gayo sa op­er­a­tors (We’re hop­ing they’ll con­sider this as a Christ­mas gift to the op­er­a­tors),” Coromi­nas said.

LTFRB 7 As­sis­tant Re­gional Di­rec­tor Rey­naldo El­nar said the op­er­a­tors have 15 days to sub­mit doc­u­ments that will sup­port their pe­ti­tion for a fare in­crease.

If they fail to do so, the pe­ti­tion will still be sub­mit­ted to their cen­tral of­fice for de­lib­er­a­tion.

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