No 50-centavo fare hike in Davao Region

Subscribe Now March 22, 2012 at 02:24pm

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Davao announced Wednesday that the region is excluded from the areas in the country where the 50-centavo provisional fare increase is implemented. "No fare movement or fare increase will be done in the region and in Davao City. We will continue to implement the P8 fare for the first four kilometers that was approved on January 31, 2011 and was implemented on February 2, 2011," Edgar Violan, regional spokesperson of LTFRB, said in a phone interview Wednesday.

He said it was cited in the memorandum that there will be no fare increase in regions that have no pending petitions.

He said the transport groups in the region did not apply for the increase of fare.

Violan said the transport groups in the region are Southeastern Mindanao Diversified Drivers and Operators Cooperative (Semddoc) 1-Utak, Transport of Mindanao for Solidarity, Independence and Nationalism (Transmission) Piston, Network of Transportation Organization (Neto) and Mato.

LTFRB Director Jaime Jacob said the increase would only be implemented for the first four kilometers of the jeepney's route and there would be no increase in the succeeding kilometers.

PUJ services operating in National Capital Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabrazon, Mimaropa and Bicol are provisionally authorized to increase the fare. The provisional fare for the first kilometers now is P8.50.

Violan reminded public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers in the region against overcharging their passengers.

He said since the region is not included in the implementation of the 50-centavo fare hike, thus drivers must not demand from their passengers for the add-on.

He said drivers must also continue to observe discount among privileged passengers such as senior citizens, students and differently abled persons.

He said drivers, who will overcharge fares, will be penalized accordingly.

"Refusal to grant discounts will be charged with overcharging," he said.

He said if found guilty, a P3,000 fine will be imposed.

Violan said passengers may file their complaints before the Land Transportation office, Highway Patrol Group, Traffic Management Center and LTFRB.

Source: sunstar.com.ph



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