AFP, PNP, Coast Guard personnel get bus fare discounts

By Aerol John Pateña

February 11, 2019, 6:47 pm

MANILA -- Personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) may now avail of a 20 percent fare discount in all city and provincial public utility buses (PUBs).

This after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) signed on Monday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the AFP, PNP, and PCG granting fare discounts to the uniformed personnel.

Among those who signed the MOA are AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., PNP chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, PCG Commandant, Admiral Elson Hermogino, LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III, and participating bus operators.

“To avail of the fare discount, uniformed personnel from the aforementioned agencies are only required to present a valid ID as proof of active service,” the LTFRB said in a statement.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said the granting of fare discounts in PUBs to uniformed personnel was in line with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to honor the men and women in uniform.

“In line with the President’s directive, this is our way of giving back to our soldiers, policemen and Coast Guard servicemen who secure our nation and protect the Filipino people. We owe the peace and order and national security of our country to their inspiring service,” Tugade said.

The special fare discount for all uniformed personnel shall continue and remain effective indefinitely, which will then be reviewed after one year. (PNA)