Boy Ryan B. Zabal
The Caticlan Jetty port, the main jump-off point to the famous island of Boracay / PHOTO BY GEORGE CAWALING
MALAY, Aklan - Starting September 8, L300 vans plying the Kalibo-Caticlan route are charging a regular fare of P130 or almost 30 percent increase from the current fare of P100.
Caticlan, about 67 kms from the capital town of Aklan, is the main jump-off point to the world-renowned Boracay Island and a major link of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Three transport groups – Caticlan Boracay Transport Multi-purpose Cooperative-Shuttle Van Group (CBTMPC-SVG), Westmint Transport Association and Delmabel PT & T agreed to adopt the unified transport fare rate prescribed by the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
“The fare increase is necessary to ease the unabated price hike of oil and lubricants that directly affects the daily earnings of operators and drivers of L300 van transport,” said CBTMPC-SVG monitoring board member Jojo Jingco, Jr.
Transport groups plying the Kalibo-Caticlan and Kalibo Airport-Caticlan routes with 250 member-operators are utilizing a common transport terminal at the Caticlan Jetty Port of the provincial government.
At the Kalibo International Airport, tourists are serviced by tourist buses and shuttle vans engaged by hotels and resorts in Boracay Island charging them a minimum of P200 including the boat fare.
Jingco said the P100 current fare charged to passengers of Kalibo-Caticlan-and vice versa was based on LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2006-062 issued on August 23, 2006 using the straight line computation of P1.50 per kilometer.
The circular was implemented to regulate the rampant and illegal operations of AUVs and vans in super regions of Central Philippines, including Panay Island, and Mindanao under the Point-to-Point Express Service “Colorum” legalization program.
“The member-operators are required to display in their vehicles the fare matrix certification for the benefit of commuting public and to avoid the penalty for non-display of P500 imposed by LTFRB,” Jingco stressed.
Jingco said they are charging the new and discounted P130 fare rate for vans from Kalibo to Caticlan instead of P134 fare based on P2.00 per kilometer prescribed fare rate. Jeepneys and provincial buses serving the same route, he added, also increased their fare from P82 to P114 or a 39 percent fare hike.
For senior citizens and students going to Caticlan, the unified and discounted transport fare is P105 from the suggested fare of P107.20.
The regular fare for Kalibo-Tangalan is P35, Kalibo-Ibajay (P75), Kalibo-Nabas crossing (P90), Caticlan-Ibajay (P55), Caticlan-Tangalan (P95) Caticlan-Makato (P110), Caticlan-Numancia (P125) and Caticlan-Nabas crossing (P40).