No provincial bus fare hike upon resumption of operations on Sept. 30
MANILA, Philippines — There will be no fare increase for provincial buses that will resume operations on September 30, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said Sunday.
“Currently under the MC [memorandum circular], we will implement the same fare rates initially. Ito po yung dating fare rates po nila. Ito po muna susundin natin, itong provincial fare rates,” LTFRB Technical Division chief Joel Bolano said in an online press conference.
(Under the current MC, we will implement the same fare rates. These are the previous fare rates. We will follow this for now, the current provincial fare rates.)
The South Luzon Bus Operators expressed concern over losing profits and said it will appeal for a fare hike as only 12 routes between Metro Manila and provinces will reopen on September 30.
LTFRB also only allowed 286 buses to resume operations from Metro Manila and Regions 3 and 4-A.
LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra explained that the number of bus units was based on the number of passengers the LGUs are willing to accept.
“Napagkaalaman po natin na merong mga LGUs pumayag na buksan yung borders nila pero meron silang maximum passengers allowed per day. So we will respect that,” Delgra said in the same online briefing.
(There were LGUs who allowed to reopen their borders to a maximum number of passengers per day. We will respect that.)
“Kasi pagdating ng panahon na dadating yung pasahero, mga kababayan nila, kung meron problema patungkol sa public health sila po yung sasalo” he added.
(Because once the passengers arrive in their destination, it is the concerned LGU that will handle and address health issues and concerns, if any.)
Delgra also noted that the number of routes and bus units may be increased, depending on the evaluation of the initial run.
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