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LTFRB-7 agrees on matrix installment

First Posted 11:23:00 07/17/2008

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WHEN it comes to fare matrixes, a bit of haggling doesn't hurt for both public utility vehicle (PUV) operators and the regional Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-Central Visayas (LTFRB-7).

The Metro Cebu Taxi Operators (MCTOA) said it will ask the LTFRB to lower the rate of stickers to be issued for the rest of their units belonging to one franchise. The LTFRB said taxi operators can get the stickers on July 23 at P320 each.

But MCTOA President Richard Cabucos said the amount is too big. Taxi operators with more than one franchise should pay P320 for the main unit and P50 for the rest of the units, he said.

Cabucos said even jeepney drivers or operators were given this privilege.

He said jeepney operators who have more than one unit in their franchise are required to pay only P50 for each of their remaining units.

Passenger jeepney operators are charged P520 in fare matrix for their main unit.

The LTFRB-7 said it is willing to accept payments for the fare matrix on installment basis.

LTFRB-7 Regional Director Romulo Bernardes admitted that their office only managed to process less than 50 percent of the 11,000 passenger jeepney units operating in the Central Visayas region since last Sunday.

He said it will take them at most two weeks to release the fare matrixes to all passenger jeepneys.

Bernardes said jeepney drivers and operators need only to list their names at their office to avail of the installment plan which runs until September this year.

Bernardes said those who fail to secure the fare matrix will face sanctions.

This is good news for operators like Antea Buac, who own passenger jeepneys that ply routes covering the North Bus terminal and Lapu-Lapu City.

?It?s better to finish this in one day so there?s no going back,? Buac said in Cebuano.

The same goes for jeepney driver Anecito Cuizon who said it took him two days to earn P520 for the fare matrix. /Correspondents Jhunnex Napallacan and Carine M. Asutilla

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