TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Announcements of fare increase in Public Utility Vans (PUVs) in Cagayan Valley shocked commuters.
Several van operators have started to post notices and certifications on their terminals and passenger vans that they will start implementing the new fare matrix approved by the Land Transportation Regulatory and Franchising Board (LTFRB). (READ: Cagayan Valley PUVs start to charge higher fares for commuters)
A poster at the Aparri vans terminal notified commuters that starting Friday, January 26, van operators will start charging P204, more than double the current fare at P102.
Commuters took to social media their dismay, wondering if this could be the effect of the new tax reform law.
Jundel Cabanela, a resident of Gonzaga town in Cagayan, questioned the high increase, asking the LTFRB if the increase was “fair.”
From P150, the fare from Tuguegarao to Gonzaga has been marked to P248.
“My sentiment also goes to the Cagayanos who are very very frustrated of the sudden increase of fare to utility vans. Is it a fair increase? Parang sumobra naman po yata, LTFRB,” Cabanela said in a Facebook post.
Other, mostly students, said they would rather stay in their spaces than going home to their hometowns. Northernforum.net