The Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators-Negrosis set to submit a position paper to the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board Central Office in Manila for the immediate resolution of their petition for a provisional 50-centavo fare increase for the first five kilometers of a passenger’s travel.
SSTONE secretary general Jesse Ortega said a representative from the LTFRB central office, whose name he did not disclose, told them that the position paper is necessary before the agency en banc could decide on their petition.
Ortega said the position paper should include the effects of the non-increase of fare on the drivers and how much is the hike on the costs of the spare parts, among others.
He said they were given 15 days to submit the position paper and LTFRB promised to resolve their petition five days after their submission.
Ortega warned that the resolution on their petition should be favorable for them, or they may be forced to make a “drastic move” against LTFRB.
SSTONE members filed their petition for provisional fare hike in July this year, citing what they call “unreasonable”, “uncontrollable” and continuous fuel upward price adjustments, and with the parallel increases in the amount of lubricants, spare parts and other vehicle maintenance cost, it is high time to seek the reimplementation of the provisional fare hike.
They stressed that the average of P193.50, or even lower take-home earnings of a driver, is much less than the minimum wage rate in the region of P275 for industrial workers.
LTRFRB records show that the last fare increase was on July 15, 2008, and it has not been adjusted upward to match the “uncontrolled” rising cost of petroleum products.*APN