Ahong eyes deploying buses, offering free rides for commuting public in Lapu-Lapu City

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THE Lapu-Lapu City Government is eyeing to offer free rides to the commuting public amid the high fuel prices.

Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan made the statement following the P2 fare increase in Central Visayas for the traditional and modern public utility jeepneys (PUJs) due to the increase in fuel prices.

Chan said the City Government could not just give subsidies to people in general as this is impractical.

He said the City has several buses and these could be used to transport people who are stranded in the streets.

Beginning July 1, the minimum fare of traditional PUJs increased to P11 from P9 and modern PUJs to P13 from P11 after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board granted the consolidated petitions of jeepney operators amid successive increases in the prices of fuel products.

Earlier reports have said that several PUJs have stopped plying the streets due to high fuel prices.

Last Saturday, July 9, the Department of Energy announced that there will be a big rollback of up to P6 per liter for all fuel products this week.

The expected rollbacks of prices of gas, diesel and kerosene are due to low global demand caused by several factors—the threat of global recession which could lead to demand destruction; interest rate hikes in the United States, United Kingdom and several other countries; and continued lockdown in Shanghai, China’s financial hub. However, the effects of these foreseen rollbacks remain to be seen.

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