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Van operators to seek for 30% promo fare for 4 months

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Several van operator’s associations agreed to petition to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region 02 a 30%”promo fare” discount for public utility vans within the next four months.

Van operators held a dialogue with LTFRB 02 Director Nasrudin Talipasan and Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba in the capitol on Monday, February 05.

This was in response to calls for gradual implementation of new fare rates, following overwhelming public complaints on the sudden increase of van fares.

This means that a P200 fare, for example, will now be reduced by 30% to P140.

Cagayan Isabela Kalinga Apayao Transport Association’s Federation President Emil Serona said they are ready to help and cooperate with the LTFRB and provincial government in their request for “regulation.”

“Sumasang-ayon po kami sapagkat alam din namin ang kahiapan o kami rin po ay naging estudyante noong araw at alam namin kung ano po ang hirap. Hindi naman yung estudyante ang naghihirap po dito, kundi yung mga magulang na nagtataguyod sa kanyang mga anak,” Serona said.

“Naiintindihan po namin ang hinaing ng mga kababayan natin pero sinasabi po namin na kami ay sumusunod lamang sa batas. Kung ano po ang pinaka best na gagawin namin ngayon, kami po ay nakikiisa sa inyong programa,” the transport group president said.

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba (far left) speaks in front of van operators from across the region in a public dialogue on Monday, February 05. Photo by Gerard Lucena.

Governor Mamba said the compromise fares can prevent loss of van commuters and the death of public van transport.

“Balancing act lang itong gagawin natin, kung puwede sa inyo, na puwede sanang huwag naman nating biglain. We find time kung papaano na hindi apektado yung income, hindi apektado yung pagbabayad ng mga car loans natin, hindi rin masyadong apektado yung paglabas-labas ng ating mananakay, para continuous pa rin ang inyong kita,” Mamba told presidents van operators.

Meanwhile, Talipasan earlier said the fare rates were actually approved via memorandum circular by LTFRB in 2007. He did, however, infer that the fare hikes may be connected to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

The LFTRB director said they cannot permit van operators to undercharge but they can approve a petition for discount as a way to gradually implement prescribed fares.

“I cannot say [that] you go undercharging. I cannot say you can violate the same rules we have issued. That is improper for us to say…Kasi hindi puwede yung request for undercharging,” Talipasan told operators.

“Promo fares are allowed until they reach the actual prescribed fares because we cannot do away with the implementation of what was approved a decade ago,” Talipasan added.

However, the 30% “discounted fares” may not be applied to some routes as, Talipasan said, operators will have to ensure fares will not be lower than their previous regular fares.

Yet, Talipasan assured that the 20% discount for student, senior citizen, and persons with disability are still in effect in the proposed 30% “promo fare” discount.

Meanwhile, Governor Mamba said the 30% less promo fare is just an agreement among van operators, and that the discount is just a gradual method in implementing the final P2.00 per kilometer rate of the LTFRB.

“I hope that it will work. I felt na kahit papaano mag suggest o makiusap sa mga van operators. Kasi sila rin ang maaapektuhan sa increase na ginawa nila,” Mamba said. Northernforum.net

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