By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief .
Iligan City — A transport group here is amenable to the coming increase of P2 in jeepney fares.
In a statement of the Coalition of Lanao Utility Transport for Change (Clutch), the group said the fare hike is “somewhat okay.”
Clutch president Raul Permites said they understand the government’s decision to increase the regular fare.
“Anyway, school has not yet ended so there are still many rider in our jeepneys,” he said.
Starting on the first week of November, passengers will have to pay a minimum fare of P10 after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board approved the petition of five transport groups across the country for a fare increase.
The P2-increase constitutes the P1 provisional increase granted in July, this year, and the additional P1 in consideration of the welfare of jeepney operators and drivers who cited rising prices of fuel and the effects of the Tax Reform Law.
“The board has to keep the delicate balance between the rights of the riding public who are mostly dependent on the public transport system vis-a-vis the right of grantees of certificate of public convenience to a reasonable return of investment,” the decision reads in part.