\MANILA, Philippines - Philippine RoRo Operators Association (PROA) confirmed a fare hike of 5% to 20% on roll-on roll-off (RORO) vessels.
Christopher Pastrana, President of the Philippine RoRo Operators Association, said the increase was necessary due to the rising price of fuel.
Pastrana added that 70% of RoRo revenue goes to fuel.
“Kami ang nasasaktan, needed ang increase to maintain quality service,” said Pastrana.
The previous discounted rate of P190 from Batangas Port to Calapan, Mindoro was discontinued. Passengers are now charged P220.
Buses from Matnog, Sorsogon to Allen, Northern Samar now charge P1,800 from the previous P1,100.
Fare from Surigao to Southern Leyte increased to P300 from the old P250 fare.
The shipping industry is deregulated, which is why it can increase fares without needing approval from any government agency.
However, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Emerson Lorenzo said although the industry is deregulated, operators are still required to inform the public of any fare adjustment and serve a notice to MARINA.
The latter, Lorenzo said, has not been met.
“As of Tuesday, wala pang natatanggap na notice sa MARINA Central Office in Manila,” he told ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda.
Lorenzo added: “We will have to check our Batangas regional office if the operators served a notice there.”
He said MARINA will look into the adjusted fares to determine if the hike was reasonable.
RoRo operators, meanwhile, assured passengers that they will not be increasing fares in busy ports such as Roxas-Caticlan. -- With a report from Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News