Consumer group files motion to stop jeepney fare hike

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) — A consumer group filed Tuesday morning a motion for reconsideration to stop the impending jeepney fare hike.

Jeepney fares in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog are set to increase to a minimum of ₱10 on November 3, as prices of goods continue to increase.

The United Filipino Consumers and Commuters (UFCC) said instead of raising fares, the government should remove the excise tax on oil and value added tax.

Arlis Acao, a former jeepney driver, who filed the motion along with UFCC at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), added that the Manila fare hike will have a domino effect in other regions.

"Parang domino effect ang pag-ano nito. Pag-apruba ng jeep, susunod bus, lahat-lahat na yan pati pambyahe ng gulay papuntang Maynila. Magtataasan pati karne at isda," Acao said.

[Translation: This would lead to a domino effect. When they approve the jeepney hike, buses will follow, then the price to deliver vegetables to Manila will increase. Prices of meat and fish will increase too.]

Rodolfo Javella, Jr. of UFCC said that a peso increase in jeepney fares means a lot for the poor.

"Para po sa mga dukha at walang-wala, napakahalaga po ng piso," Javellana said.

[Translation:For those who have nothing, a peso is very important.]

Implementation of the fare hike may be delayed if the LTFRB finds merit on the motion for reconsideration.

There are other pending petitions in the LTFRB for fare hikes in other regions.

READ: ₱10 jeepney minimum fare starts in November