The jeepney drivers and operators are awaiting two problems to happen after a series of price rollback in diesel and gasoline.
For the last 7 weeks, the price of gasoline and diesel has been going low since October 15 to November 28. The price of gasoline had already decreased by P10.05-P10.20 per liter while diesel was down to P8.45/P8.55 per liter. Based on reports, the drivers, operators, and motorists should expect another project oil price rollback this coming week. Another P2.15 per liter will be deducted from the price of diesel, P2.21 per liter on gasoline, and another P1.83 per liter on kerosene.
Because of this, the Land Transportation Frachising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) had received a petition stating that the minimum jeepney fare be back to P8.00. The jeepney drivers and operators were not happy wih this news.
“Kumuha kami ng taripa tapos sasabihin nilang i-roll ang pamasahe?” complained jeepney driver, Joseph Tangia. “Huwag naman silang ganyan. ‘Pag nagtaas sa pamasahe, ang tagal magtaas ‘di ba? ‘Pag sinabi nilang ibaba, ura-urada ibababa nila.”
The president of Pasang Masda, Obet Martin, also shared his sentiments about the matter.
“Sana maunawaan niyo, damahin naman niyo ‘yung hirap sa loob ng isang taon na pinagdaanan ng aming tsuper. Sana bigyan niyo ng konting panahon na makabawi-bawi kami.”
Another issue is said to arise after the economic managers of President Rodrigo Duterte suggested on pushing through the second wave of implementation of the petroleum excise tax. Last October, the implementation was postponed because of the continuous inflation of the price of gasoline as well as the other goods in the market. With this proposition, another P2.00 per liter will be added to the price of gasoline and diesel.
“Dapat mag-resign na ang lahat ng mga kamote managers na ito,” said Rodolfo Javellana, Jr., the president of the United Filipino Commuters and Consumers. “Hindi sila mga patriyotiko. Hindi po sila tunay na nagmamahal at nag-iisip sa interes ng ating mga kapwa Filipino.”
On the other hand, the palace said that the public should not look at it based purely on economic stance. Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Salvador Panelo said, “We cannot limit this issue in a purely economic perspective. We note the sentiments of the Filipino consumers and the President with certainly weigh in the social costs involved. We advise the public to wait for the decision in this regard.”
Next week, the LTFRB will have a hearing with regards to the fare rollback petition.
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