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2 transport groups
push for fare hike

Two major transport groups in Bacolod City are requesting the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod to invite the regional director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to shed light on their petition for a fare rate increase of P1.

In their letter to the SP through Councilor Dindo Ramos dated Feb. 2, members of the Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros (SSTONE) and the Federation of Bacolod City Driver's Association (FEBACDA), represented by Jessie Ortega and Elizabeth Katalbas, respectively, said they are soliciting the support of the City Council in their joint effort to seek the approval of the LTFRB to amend its recommendation to increase public utility jeepney fare rate from P7 to P8 for the first five kilometers.

They believe that the P8 fare rate is the most applicable and mutually appropriate for both passenger and driver/operator. Fuel rate increases havealso triggered increases in the cost of prime commodities, food, medicines, among others, they said.

They defended their position through letters and verbal arguments with the LTFRB regional officers but have not received any response from them up to this time. They also reiterated their position and request on Nov.16, 2017 but have not received anything official or specific from LTFRB, they added.

“We know that the SP is aware of the impact of this economic phenomenon which may triggersocial problems if nothing is done to check the continuing negative effects of fuel rate increases. So we appeal for you help by inviting the LTFRB regional director to act on our petition,” the drivers groups said.*CGS



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