DOTr says no to P3 fare hike sought by Pasang Masda
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday rejected the call of transport group Pasang Masda for a P3 increase in public transport fares to enable drivers and operators of public utility vehicles to cope with rising fuel prices.
In a statement, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade cited the plight of commuters in who might not be able to afford the P3 increase in fare.
“Naiintindihan namin ang sitwasyon ng ating mga drayber at tsuper, ngunit naiintindihan din namin ang hirap ng ating mga commuter. Alam naman natin na may ilan tayong kababayan na nawalan ng trabaho. Marami rin naman sa atin ang kababalik pa lamang sa trabaho. Ngayon pa lamang sila bumabawi, kaya sa aming pananaw ay hindi napapanahon na magpatupad ng fare increase,” he said.
Earlier, Tugade said his department is pushing for programs that would help drivers to overcome the effects of the coronavirus crisis, and at the same time, won’t overburden the commuters.
“Balansehin ang pangangailangan ng mga drayber sa kakayanan ng mga pasahero ngayong pandemya. Kaya imbes na across the board increase, ayuda sa drayber at ayuda sa pasahero ang itutulak ng DOTr,” he said during a meeting with the DOTr road sector on Monday.
(Let’s balance the need of drivers and the capabilities of commuters amid the pandemic. Instead of across the board increase, aid for drivers and commuters will be pushed.)
The DOTr, together with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), said that it is coordinating with the Department of Energy (DOE) for public transport drivers to have a uniform discount in all gas stations across the country.
“Sumulat rin ang DOTr at sa DOE upang magbigay ng suhestyon kung paano maiibsan ang epekto ng tuloy-tuloy na pagtaas ng presyo ng langis sa operasyon ng mga PUVs (public utility vehicles). Kasama dito ang pagbibigay ng fuel subsidy,” Tugade further said.
(The DOTr and LTFRB wrote to the DOE to give a suggestion on how to alleviate the effect of the continuous oil price hike on PUVs. It includes the provision of fuel subsidy.)
Moreover, the DOTr encouraged to join the wherein the government will pay them based on a per-kilometer run.
Earlier, these government agencies said they are studying the possible to public transport operators and drivers amid the successive oil price hikes, which have spurred calls for a fare increase.