Fare Discount Alert!
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) looks to implement a fare discount for those riding Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) through the Service Contracting Program (SCP).
According to LTFRB Chairperson Teofilo Guadiz III, the proposal for the SCP is already being prepared. The fare discount will be implemented in Metro Manila this coming April.
The fare reduction and SCP will follow the rules the Department of Transportation (DOTr) implemented. In the proposal, it is stated that the ₱12 fare will become ₱9. Meanwhile, the fare for modernized jeepneys will be ₱11. The proposal also covers bus fares which will have ₱3 to ₱4 discounts.
Guadiz thinks that DOTr will give the passengers a discount to fit the ₱1.2 billion budget to transport services nationally. He also stated that the budget may last for only six months. Guadiz urges DOTr to come up with additional funding to stretch the program until the end of the year.
However, Obet Martin, Pasang Masda President, expressed that the fare discount has its terms of limits; once the budget is all used up, the original fare will revert to normal.