AFTER the rise in the prices of oil products and electricity, a fare increase looms as four big jeepney groups on Wednesday demanded a P2-rate hike.
The Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO), Liga ng Transportasyon at Opereytor sa Pilipinas, Federation of Jeepney Drivers and Operators in the Philippines, and Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Associations of the Philippines are calling on the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to act immediately on their demand.
ACTO President Efren de Luna said it was the high cost of petroleum products, especially diesel, that prompted them to ask for a P2-fare hike for the first four kilometers of travel and an additional P1.75 for every succeeding kilometer.
Vigor Mendoza, chairman of 1 United Transport Alliance Koalisyon (1 Utak), said similar fare hike petitions will be filed in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsargen Region and Cordillera Administrative Region.
No fare increase petition will be filed in the Bicol region, Western, Central, Eastern Regional, Caraga region and Zamboanga Peninsula are just recovering from recent disasters.
The last time the LTFRB granted a fare hike petition was in 2008.
“The oil companies are bleeding us dry and w e have no choice but to ask for a fare increase from the LTFRB,” de Luna said.
“The transport fight is the people’s fight because we are all affected by high prices of petroleum products,” he added.