LTRFB approves wage hike for buses, jeepneys

MANILA — Jeepney and bus commuters in the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon and Calabarzon-Mimaropa) will have to pay a higher pay starting May 21, Wednesday after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) approved the “provisional” increase in minimum fare.

LTFRB chairman Thompson Lantion said his office has approved the P0.50 increase in minimum jeepney fares in Metro Manila and in the said regions effective at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Lantion said with the increase, minimum fares in public utility jeepneys will be raised to P 8 from the present P7.50 for the first four kilometers (kms), while fares in ordinary buses will be adjusted to P9 from P8 for the first five kms.

Minimum fares in air-conditioned buses will likewise be increased to P11.50 from the present P10.

There will be no increase on the rates for every succeeding kilometer for both Metro Manila jeeps and buses, Lantion said in announcing the latest fare hike.

Provincial regular buses will increase their fare from P8.50 to P9 for the first five kms and P1.40 for every succeeding km. (SunStar)

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