MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe believes the move of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to increase the fares for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) was treacherous and insensitive.
Poe noted that the fare hike was announced during the holidays and supposedly without undergoing proper public hearing.
“Ito ay parang ginawa nila na hindi malinaw sa atin at kung kailan nga hindi natin inaasahan. Ito ay treacherous, insensitive. Kasi kung meron silang puso sa pasahero, hindi po dapat nangyari iyan,” Poe said.
Poe said the MRT fare hike, in particular, is not justifiable since Congress had just allocated funds for the train’s repairs and other financial needs in the P2.6 trillion 2015 budget.
“Kakatapos lang ng budget kung saan nabigyan naman sila ng tamang budget para sa taon na ito, para naman magawa ang dapat nilang gawin sa MRT,” she said.
“Hindi lang iyon, marami pang naibigay sa supplemental budget, sa pagbayad ng buwis nila na hindi nila nababayran, at ibang mga bagay na hiningi nila sa Kongreso. Kaya kami ay nagtataka kasi ni pabulong wala silang sinabi sa amin na baka magtaas sila.”
Poe also noted the poor maintenance of the MRT which is being blamed for its frequent bogdowns.
The neophyte senator said the Senate will ask the DOTC to explain the status of the MRT and LRT maintenance system. She, however, said stopping the fare hike is now up to the court.
As a result of the fare hike, an MRT trip from North Avenue to Taft Avenue now costs P28, from the previous P15.
A single journey LRT 1 trip from Roosevelt to Baclaran is now P30, from P20; and a single journey LRT 2 trip from Recto to Santolan is now P25, from P15. (MNS)