Abayon calls for suspension of fares hike


Aangat Tayo Party-list Rep. Harlin Neil J. Abayon III on Thursday urged the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to suspend the increase in public jeepney and bus fares on Friday pending its review as advised by the Department of Transportation (DoTr).

“As Deputy Minority Leader and Member of the House Committee on Transportation, I also ask the LTFRB to abide by the wisdom of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on a ‘parametric formula’ or predetermined matrix for the more fluid adjustment of jeepney and bus fares,” said Dy.

“All three of them or even just a majority can convene, on or before November 2, an emergency meeting, so they can approve a new decision to hold in abeyance their earlier fare hike resolution order pending another review as suggested by the DoTr,” she added.

Dy said the public officials can convene as their work is 24/7.

“It is in the public interest for them to act with prudence and speed,” she said.

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