Transport officials approve provisional fare increase for PUJs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 4) — Transport officials have approved a provisional fare increase for public utility jeepneys (PUJ) plying certain routes, to take effect possibly Thursday.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra said they are currently drafting the order that will enact a provisional fare increase of one peso for PUJs.

"We are now in the process of drafting the order hopefully to be released today," Delgra told CNN Philippines' New Day on Thursday.


In a message Wednesday, LTFRB member Atty. Aileen Lizada said, "The board in its regular meeting approved tonight a provisional fare increase of P1 for the first four kilometers for PUJ plying NCR, Region 3, and Region 4 routes." Delgra said the LTFRB consulted with the National Economic and Development Authority and factored in the rise of oil prices to approve the order.

The last time a fare increase for jeepneys was approved was in February 2017.

Jeepney drivers previously asked for a fare increase of as high as ₱4 in May, citing the steady rise of fuel prices.


Other fare hikes

Delgra said there are some petitions for fare hikes that are still awaiting approval, covering other public utility vehicles such as buses and Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS).

"There are several petitions for fare hike, almost all across denominations including buses, UV express, even TNVS, so there are a number of fare petitions pending actually," he said.

He reminded, however, that the approved jeepney fare hike is "provisional" which means it could change according to certain circumstances including price rollbacks of oil in the market.

Asked on whether oil prices would affect the new fare, Delgra said "Fare adjustments have been happening for several years going up and down, sometimes as high as one peso going up, or as low as one peso and 50 centavos going down. It happens."

The chairman also confirmed the approval of a fare increase in Region VI, although he did not disclose the details of the order.