The move to institutionalize a fixed fare discount to all bonafide students has gained ground as another lawmaker filed a similar measure supporting the proposal.
Rep. Alfredo Vargas III (5th District, Quezon City) filed House Bill 850, which aims to grant fare discounts to qualified students on land, water and air transportation utilities even on Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas vacations and other holidays during the school year.
The bill entitles bonafide students to 20 percent discount on regular fares upon presentation of their duly issued identification cards (IDs) or currently validated enrollment forms or other documents to properly establish their identity.
“The proposed grant seeks to address economic concerns and the alarming rate of school drop-outs. This will alleviate the burden of the parents and guardians in the financial support given to the students with due consideration to the continued rise in the cost of education in the country, including their incidental expenses, such as transportation costs,” Vargas said.
Vargas said the fare discount is envisioned to inspire students to engage in academic, extra-curricular and civic activities during non-school days. Due consideration is also given to those students undergoing internships, trainings and other activities covered by their curricula.
“Through this proposal, we can expect holistic growth of our students, our hope for the future,” Vargas stressed.
At present, Vargas said the grant of student fare discounts is authorized only through a circular issued by the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is mandated to direct its attached agencies or offices to prepare and formulate the implementing rules under the proposal. PNA