The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Monday that all active members of the military, the Coast Guard, and the Philippine National Police may now enjoy a 20-percent fare discount on all city and provincial utility buses.
To enjoy the privilege, uniformed personnel have to show their ID.
The discount is a result of a Memorandum of Agreement between officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PBP), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and 13 bus operators which was signed on Monday.
“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,” read the DOTr statement on the MOA.
The LTFRB stressed that the discount is only for active members of the AFP, PNP, and PCG.
The discount is the latest in a series of measures meant to honor the sacrifices and good work of the country’s uniformed personnel. Among President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy thrusts is strengthening the support given to troops and cops.
“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 celebrate and recognize the bravery of these armed personnel from PNP, AFP and PCG,” DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark De Leon said.
“We salute the relentless efforts of our uniformed personnel, and the LTFRB is honored to be part of this expression of gratitude,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III said.
The PNP also vowed to increase the number of police officers stationed in transport terminals and other commuter areas. Boosting police presence is a way to secure the area and promote passenger safety.
“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.