Malacañang on Thursday assured that the government will tackle fare adjustment petition for public utility buses in Metro Manila.
“The government is prepared to undertake measures that will ease the burden of public transport commuters by ensuring reasonable fare levels,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.
Coloma’s statement came a day after a group of bus operators filed a petition with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) seeking a P1 fare cut for public utility buses.
In a two-page petition, the Samahang Transport Operators Ng Pilipinas Inc. sought to reduce the P12 fare for air-conditioned buses and P10 for regular buses.
The group said the voluntary provisional fare reduction would be limited to the first four kilometers.
Quoting LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez, Coloma said the board “will convene next week to deliberate and decide on the petition to reduce the basic fares for the first four kilometers and the additional fare for succeeding kilometers.”
“He [Ginez] said the LTFRB decision will cover the entire nation including Metro Manila as there is also a petition for a nationwide rollback,” he added.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE