Philippines may eventually have a law that could grant students a 20% discount on all forms of transportation, particularly land, sea, and air — this was after the House of Representatives approved a bill that institutionalizes this.
Legislators approved House Bill (HB) 8885 and is currently on 3rd and final reading on Monday, February 4, with a vote of 169-0-0.
So what will this bill exactly cover?
It imposes a mandatory 20% discount for students on all public transportation utilities, may it be by land, sea, or air. Some examples are (but not limited to) public buses, public jeepneys, taxis (and other similar vehicles-for-hire). This also includes tricycles, passenger trains, aircrafts and even marine vessels.
However, this does not cover school/shuttle/tourist service or any contracted service.
Who will be entitled to this discount?
Any Filipino citizen enrolled in any elementary, secondary, technical, vocational, or higher education. Students need to present a valid school ID or their enrollment form together with a government ID.
This benefit will apply during the entire period that the student is enrolled, even on weekends and holidays.
However, those who are taking post-graduate degrees or informal short-term courses are not included in the said discount.
What would be the punishment for violators?
A student who is refused the discount may file a complaint either with the following government institutions like LTFRB (land transportation), MARINA (sea transportation), or CAB (air transportation). Drivers and operators of public transportation utilities will face several penalties should they refuse to grant the student fare discount.
For drivers of land public transportation utilities:
- 1st offense: Suspension of driver’s license for 1 month
- 2nd offense: Suspension of driver’s license for 2 months
- 3rd offense: Suspension of driver’s license for 3 months
- Subsequent offenses: Suspension of driver’s license for 3 months and a P10,000 fine
The purpose of the bill is to “empower students by enabling them to pursue their education, helping them acquire gainful employment, thereby securing their future.”
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