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Jeepney Fare Increase to Start Wednesday

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Jeepney transport. Image via Wikipedia A few days after the implementation of the minimum fare increase for taxis in the country, the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has already approved the petition of transport groups to increase jeepney fares by one peso. This provisional fare increase will take effect this coming Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

Also, the fare increase is effective nationwide. For Luzon jeepney passengers, the minimum fare will be 8 pesos (from 7 pesos) while Visayas and Mindanao jeepney drivers will charge 7.50 pesos fare (from 6.50 pesos). Minimum fare is effective in the first four kilometers but the rate for succeeding kilometers will not change.
The reason for the fare increase is the continuous increase in fuel prices. The LTFRB from time to time will consider any needed adjustments based on oil prices.

Bomb Explodes in a Bus in EDSA Makati City, 4 People Killed

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Ayala and Buendia Ave. Image via Wikipedia At least 4 people were killed and 14 were injured after an explosion inside a bus. The incident occurred around 2PM today inside an air-conditioned bus travelling north on the EDSA-Buendia, Makati City area. Initial unconfirmed reports points to an explosive placed in the vicinity of the middle of the bus as the cause of the explosion. However, the nature of the explosive is yet to be determined. Those injured were immediately sent to the nearby hospitals in Makati and Taguig (Ospital ng Makati and St. Luke's Medical Center).

The name of the bus line is Newman Goldliner with a plate number TXJ-710. The bus and the surrounding areas are now fully secured as the authorities continues their investigations. According to MMDA, EDSA north-bound lane will be closed indefinitely from Ayala to Buendia. Affected vehicles may take McKinley or Buendia f/o or C5 or SLEX.

Manila to India is the Newest PAL Destination

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Image via Wikipedia Philippine Airlines (PAL) announces that on March 27, 2011, they will start their operation on their newest international destination, Delhi, capital of India. PAL will initially fly to the Indian metropolis six times a week but the frequency is expected to increase as the demand grows.

According to PAL, they initially have two types of Delhi routes. The first is a non-stop direct flight to Delhi (PR 758) which will depart from Manila every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays of the week at 9:10 PM. It is scheduled to arrive in Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) at 1:10 AM (Delhi time). The return service (PR 759), will depart from Delhi at 3:00 PM (Delhi Time) every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays of the week and is expected to arrive in Manila by 12:00 Noon (Manila Time).
The other route will be the one with a stopover in Bangkok, Thailand (PR 752). It flies from Manila every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays of the week at 6:45 PM (Manila Time) and will arrive…

Palace Approves LRT and MRT Fare Increase

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Just a few days after the approval of Fare increase for Taxis, another fare hike is about to happen. Malacanang has finally approved the proposal to increase the fare for Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT).


Image via Wikipedia There's no official date yet as to the implementation of this fare hike and the exact amount of increase is yet to be determined as well. All these details will be discussed in the meeting of the LRTA Board on January 11. With that, we can expect the implementation to be as early as second or third week of January 2011.
Also, because of the increase in Toll Fees in the South Luzon Express Way (SLEX), the South Luzon Bus Operators Association (SOLUBOA)   filed a petition to increase Bus fare by 0.50 pesos per kilometer. Although this petition is yet to be heard and studied by LTFRB, it is safe to assume that this might happen early this year.
So, Philippine Commuters, Are you ready for this? Bring your pencils up and start mending your budgets!…

Salary Increase for Government Employees in 2011

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Good news to all government employees! This coming year, 2011 marks the date mandated by a budget circular by former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) ordering local government officials to increase the salaries of government workers down to Barangay personnels.

                 Image via Wikipedia The Local Budget Circular No. 95 gives direct order to governors, mayors and barangay chairpersons to implement the salary increase in 2011.

The actual date of implementation though will have to be decided by the local government council taking into consideration the financial capability of the LGU.



See the original copy of the Local Budget Circular No. 95.