The P3 fare hike of the Philippine National Railway (PNR) should be justified with better and convenient service to its estimated 45,000 passengers daily, Senator Leila de Lima said on Monday, June 26.
“Granted that the fare hike is the only immediate solution to shoulder the maintenance of the trains, the PNR should be able to produce measurable and satisfactory results with the additional P3 hike,” de Lima said in a statement.
“With its fare hike, I’m hoping that the PNR has a solid plan for its maintenance. Be mindful that the passengers of the train are forking over their hard-earned money for convenience,” de Lima said.
De Lima is the author of Senate Bill No. 370 which seeks to provide the rehabilitation and revitalization of the PNR system.
Starting July 1, the PNR will implement its 25-percent fare increase for the first 14 kilometers. There will be an additional P5 for the succeeding zone. A maximum fare for a whole trip will then be P53.
Data from the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said the PNR had a monthly ridership of at least 189,000 passengers in 2014.
“Congress is in the best position to help the PNR. Thus, I urge my colleagues to support the proposed rehabilitation of one of the oldest operational train systems in the country. Before even choosing to hike the fare, let us instead revise the governing law of the PNR to fast-track the rehabilitation and revitalization of the train infrastructure,” she said.