January 12, 2011

MRT AND LRT FARE HIKE LOOMS FOR POOR JUAN


With several hikes announced late last year and early 2011, from the price increase of the basic bread, taxi fares to the increase in SLEX Toll Gate fees,  it seems poor Juan has not seen the end of it – yet.  Today it was announced that a P10 hike in MRT and LRT fare is looming.  This is not yet official.  A hearing is still in the works.

According to the DOTC, they needed to set a price so they could discuss it during the hearing, but several groups are already prepared to protest.

However, during a board meeting, both the LRT and MRT administrations have decided on an P11 basic rate with a P1 increase per kilometer.  Currently, the MRT’s higest rate is at P15 while the LRT charges P20.  With the price increase, MRT will be charging P28 while the LRT will charge P31.

Tsk! Tsk! Poor Juan has been bombarded with left and right increase in basic commodities with no salary hike. Will his meager salary be enough to sustain his family? 

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