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Fare hikes to take effect Monday, October 3

Commuters will have to pay more for public transport fares starting Monday, October 3, as approved by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The fare increases will cover most forms of land transportation, as the agency earlier said it recognized the need given the continuous increase in petroleum prices.

The LTFRB approved a P1 provisional increase in the minimum fare for the first four kilometers of travel in public utility jeepneys (PUJs), bringing the minimum fare for traditional PUJ up to P12, and the modern PUJ up to P14.

It also approved an additional fare per succeeding kilometer, up by P0.30 for traditional PUJs to P1.80, and by P0.40 for modern PUJs to P2.20.

For public utility buses (PUBs), the minimum fare for city buses will be hiked by P2 for the first five kilometers — P13 for the regular buses, and P15 for the air-conditioned buses.

The minimum fares for provincial buses will also be hiked by P2, with succeeding kilometer fare increases ranging from P1.90 to P2.90 depending on the type of bus.

For taxis, the flagdown rate will be hiked to P45, and P40 in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Fares of transport network vehicle services (TNVS) will likewise increase to P35 for hatchback-type vehicles; P45 for sedan-type vehicles; P55 for Asian utility vehicles (AUVs) and sports utility vehicles (SUVs).

“Gusto nating ipaalala sa ating mga pasahero na siguraduhin po na ang lahat ng sinasakyan natin bukas ay mayroong fare matrix,” LTFRB Chairperson Cheloy Garafil said in Bernadette Reyes' Sunday “24 Oras Weekend” report.

“‘Yun po ang mag-ga-guide sa kanila kung magkano talaga ‘yung kanilang babayaran, kasi kung wala po ito, doon pa rin tayo sa dati nating pamasahe,” she added.

(We want to remind the passengers to ensure that all the vehicles we ride starting tomorrow have a fare matrix. This will serve as a guide on how much you need to pay because without this, the previous fares will take effect.)

The latest data available from the Department of Energy (DOE) indicate that year-to-date adjustments stood at a net increase of P14.85 per liter for gasoline, P29.40 per liter for diesel, and P24.10 per liter for kerosene as of September 27, 2022. — Jon Viktor Cabuenas/DVM, GMA News