MANILA – The Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Saturday warned jeepney operators they may lose their franchises once they push through with their plan to implement an "illegal" 50-centavo fare hike before the end of March.
The Liga ng Transportasyon at Operators sa Pilipinas had lamented about the increasing prices of gasoline, spare parts and other basic goods.
"Wala ng kinikita ang aming mga tsuper," the group said.
They also cited the start of the summer break, which means a 30-percent decrease in the number of passengers they serve a day, as well as the road reblocking and repairs in Metro Manila which have caused traffic jams.
"Paano naman sila magsu-survive?," the group added.
Meanwhile, passengers are against the "fare hike", especially that it was not approved by the LTFRB.
"Nahihirapan na mga magulang namin kumita," a student said, while an employee stated: "Di ako pabor, kasi suweldo nga namin di tumataas e."
The LTFRB said no "fare hike" has been approved by the agency, adding that they are set to come up with a decision in the coming weeks about the jeepney operators’ petition.
"Iligal po ang pagtaas. Nakikiusap po tayo sa kanila na irespeto ang proseso," the agency said.
Transport groups are slated to hold a rally at Malacanang on Monday to air their grievances and requests.