(PNA photo by Cristina Arayata)

MANILA -- Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) supports the idea of providing discounts to the air fare of students, an executive said Tuesday.

"We support the student discount for air travel, and we will attend the public hearing on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)," JR Mantaring, CEB vice president for Corporate Affairs, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a text message.

A hearing on the 20 percent air fare student discount IRR was set by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) in its office in Pasay City on Wednesday, September 18. All interested parties are invited to attend.

In its website, the CAB announced the hearing is for the draft IRR of the air sector.

The said discount is part of the Student Fare Discount Act that President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law in April.

Mantaring, however, neither confirmed nor denied if CEB has no objection with the 20 percent, but reiterated that the airline supports implementing student discounts.

"Details (would be subject to) the consultations," he added.

Ricardo Isla, chief executive officer of AirAsia Philippines, told the PNA that the 20 percent discount is being discussed by all airlines.

Under the Student Fare Discount Act, students are entitled to a 20 percent discount on domestic regular fares, upon personal presentation of their duly-issued school identification cards or current validated enrollment form, supported by the prescribed government-issued identification document, subject to an appropriate verification mechanism to be provided in the implementing rules and regulations.

Filipino students in elementary, secondary, technical-vocational, and higher education institutions can avail of the 20 percent fare discount. Students in post graduate degree courses and informal short-term courses such as dancing, swimming, music, and driving lessons, and seminar type of courses, are not entitled to this discount privilege.

The law covers all public transportation utilities including public utility buses, public utility jeepneys, taxis, and other similar vehicles-for-hire tricycles, passenger trains, aircraft, and marine vessels.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) started last August exempting students from paying terminal fees in all the 42 airports it operates.

This applies to nursery to college students, including those enrolled in trade, arts, and technical vocational schools.

Those enrolled in dancing, driving schools, culinary arts and seminar-type short term courses, and students taking up medicine, law, masters and doctorate degrees, could not avail of this privilege. (PNA)