MANILA – The fourth hearing on the petition filed by transport groups for minimum fare adjustment will be held on March 7, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said.
LTFRB chairman Atty. Winston Ginez warned transport groups that they may face sanctions if they implement an increase in fares before the scheduled hearing.
“Transport groups cannot simply adjust the fares whenever they want; there must be a proper forum to discuss their appeal,” Ginez said.
He added that transport groups cannot increase fares yet because of a pending Motion for Provisional Increase filed by the petitioners.
The Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO), Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP), Pangkahalatang Sangguniang Metro Manila and Suburb Association (PASANG-MASDA), Alliance of Transport Operations and Drivers Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP), and the Liga ng mga Tsuper at Operator sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LTOP), are seeking a P2 increase in minimum fare from P8 to P10.
The petition also includes a plea to the LTFRB to grant jeepney operators a provisional increase of P0.50.
Ginez said transport groups should provide evidence that the increase is necessary.
“While we are concerned with the PUJ drivers’ and operators’ plight, we need to carefully study if the fare increase is justified; we are requesting the transport groups to present studies and projections showing possible losses as a result of the factors they mentioned in their petition, and other relevant documents that could prove the fare increase adjustment can be granted by the Board,” he said.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will be invited by the Board during the hearing to give input on the effects of a fare increase.