Several transportation organizations have requested a fare rise, as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) had predicted they would do in response to the recent left- and right-wing increases in gasoline prices.
The Liga ng Transpotasyon at Operators sa Pilipinas (LTOP) reportedly asked for a ₱2 raise in the minimum jeepney rates but stressed that it was ultimately up to the LTFRB to find a solution that worked for everyone.
Meanwhile, bus companies are lobbying for a ₱4.00 rise in base fees and a ₱7.00 increase in tariffs for journeys with air conditioning.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) indicated last week that it is likely to accept a pending rate rise petition due to its sympathy for jeepney drivers and operators in the face of yet another significant spike in gasoline prices.
As head of the Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO), Liberty Luna argues that this decision would be a boon to the public utility vehicles industry, which has been hit hard by the epidemic and rising fuel prices.
They really should get a raise. According to LTFRB chairwoman Cheloy Garafil’s Monday statement, “Just the question of kung magkano ang maibibigay namin na hindi naman siya magkakaroon ng impact sa inflation at siyempre ‘yung effect niyan sa ating commuters.”