By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz

(PNA photo by Joan Bondoc)

MANILA – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday approved a PHP1 provisional fare increase for both traditional and modern public utility jeepneys (PUJ) nationwide beginning Oct. 8.

In a press conference at the LTFRB office in Quezon City, LTFRB chair Teofilo Guadiz III announced that the minimum fare for traditional and modern PUJs would be PHP13 and PHP15, respectively.

“Piso na provisional fare increase lamang po ang inaprubahan natin sa first 4 km. pero wala pong kahit anong dagdag sa succeeding kilometers (We approved a provisional fare increase of PHP1 for the first 4 km. but there is no increase yet for succeeding kilometers),” Guadiz said.

The announcement came after the LTFRB board’s hearing with the Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila & Suburbs Drivers Association Nationwide, Inc. (PASANG MASDA), Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP), and Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO).

The transport groups petitioned a PHP5 fare increase for the first 4 km. and a PHP1 increase for succeeding kilometers.

Guadiz noted that the PHP1 increase is only temporary until the LTFRB decides on the groups’ primary petition.

He also reminded PUV drivers and operators to provide discounted fares for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and students. (PNA)