By NITZ ARANCON
A PUBLIC transport group in northern Mindanao frowned over the new fare matrix formula of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) because they were not consulted. But the group is not against it.
Joel Gabatan, regional vice president of the National Confederation of Transport Union, said LTFRB did not consult jeepney drivers and operators in the region about the new fare matrix formula.
“Wala ma kami masayod kon pilay among isingil nga umento sa plete gikan sa mga pasahero kon mosaka ang presyo sa krudo kay wala man kami nila konsultaha,” Gabatan said.
The new LTFRB formula automatically adjusts the fare of all public utility vehicles in the region based on the prevailing prices of petroleum products.
However, Gabatan clarified that his organization does not oppose the implementation of the new fare matrix formula, adding that his group did not submit a petition.
He said that every time they file a petition for a fare increase, they have to shell out money for the filing and lawyer’s fees.
“Mobayad pa kami og fare matrix fee sa oras nga uminto sa singil sa pamasahe. So, dako among gasto,” Gabatan said.
LTFRB regional director Alan Amonodin Guro said the main LTFRB office in Manila came up with the new fare matrix formula so that transport groups do not have to file petitions for fare increases every time the prices of petroleum products go up.
“Pananglitan, ang presyo sa krudo P45 per liter, naa nay daan nga computation pilang idugang nga singil sa driver gikan sa original fare,” Guro said.
Guro added that the minimum fare for the first four kilometers across northern Mindanao is still P7.50 because the petition for fare increase filed by NCTU last year was not approved owing to a series of fuel-price rollbacks.