Over 10,000 fare matrices issued in Metro Manila — LTFRB

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6) — More than 10,000 fare matrices that would allow charging of higher fees were so far issued in Metro Manila, regulators said, with the number reaching only over a tenth of the target.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board-National Capital Region (LTFRB-NCR) said it issued new fare guides to 10,680 public utility vehicles (PUVs) as of Wednesday, out of target issuance of fare matrices to 85,080 PUVs.

"[A]s of Oct. 5… around 10,680 po siya, na total na na-issue na po natin na fare matrix [We have issued a total of around 10,680]," LTFRB-NCR regional director Zona Tamayo told CNN Philippines on Thursday.

Nationwide, the agency is targeting to issue matrices to 262,397 PUVs, including jeepneys, city and provincial buses, regular and airport taxis, and Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) units. However, there are still no TNVS units applying, four days after the effectivity of the new fare rates.

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The LTFRB earlier cautioned PUV drivers and operators against raising fares without a new matrix. It added that it will still accept applications even beyond Oct. 3.

"Patuloy po tayong mag-i-issue po ng ating fare matrix in the coming days. Pero hopefully po, 'yung ating mga operators po, 'wag nang patagalin po 'yung kanilang pagkuha lalo na sa NCR. Para po makapaningil na po sila noong bagong rates," said Tamayo.

[Translation: We will continue issuing fare matrices in the coming days. But hopefully, operators do not take too long in getting their matrix especially in NCR so they can already charge the new rates.]

The LTFRB-NCR regional director said operators may also apply off-site through its Public Transport Online Processing System (PTOPS).

Developed in 2020 at the onset of the pandemic, the system allows PUV operators to transact with the LTFRB-NCR online.

"[W]ith the (LTFRB) board po increasing po 'yung rates… nagdagdag tayo ng transaction, wherein 'yung pagkuha ng fare matrix, maaari nang gamitin 'yung online facility na PTOPS," Tamayo said.

[Translation: With the LTFRB board increasing the rates… we've added a transaction wherein operators can use the PTOPS online facility to secure a new fare matrix.]

Operators need only to upload the required documents, including the updated official receipt/certificate of registration of the unit and their certificate of public convenience or provisional authority. It will then assess the amount to be paid.

Once paid, the proof of payment must also be uploaded on the system which will then signal the LTFRB to process and upload back the fare matrix.

Tamayo explained that fare matrices issued by the agency have a dry seal but this cannot be done for those who applied online.

"We came up po 'yung way through the use of QR code doon sa fare matrix na in-obtain online. 'Yun hong fare matrix uploaded online, in-upload po namin back to the operator, meron po siyang QR code para malaman kung legitimate 'yung fare matrix na ating in-issue," she said.

[Translation: We came up with the use of QR code for fare matrices that were obtained online. Those matrices that we uploaded back to the operator, they have a QR code that will assure its legitimacy.]

CNN Philippines' News Producer Jerome Villanueva contributed to this story.