Good news for the active members of the military, the Coast Guard and the Philippine National Police.
The Department of Transportation said Monday the uniformed personnel would be given a 20-percent fare discount in all city and provincial public utility buses.
The DOTr had said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board stressed the discount would be given to those on active duty from the military, the national police and the Coast Guard.
“The special fare discount for all uniformed personnel of the AFP, PNP, and PCG shall continue and remain effective indefinitely, which will then be reviewed one year thereafter,” the DOTr said in a statement.
The Memorandum of Agreement for the discount was signed by officials of the LTFRB, the AFP, the PNP, the PCG, and participating bus operators on Monday.
Uniformed personnel have to show their ID to enjoy the privilege.
“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,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
“We salute the relentless efforts of our uniformed personnel, and the LTFRB is honored to be part of this expression of gratitude,” added LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III.
For his part, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde vowed to increase the number of police presence at transport terminals and other related areas.
“We in the PNP [will] return the favor by assuring the transport operators and the rest of our countrymen our best as we continue to serve and protect,” Albayalde said in a statement read by a representative.