Senator Grace Poe urged transport agencies to expedite the granting of 20% fare discount for students when travelling in land, sea, and air.
Poe appealed after the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) issued its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for Republic Act No. 11314 or the Student Fare Discount Act.
Poe, who co-authored the law, pushed local airline companies to comply with it, being the CAB’s guidelines have taken effect on November 1.
“Nananawagan tayo sa mga airline company na ipatupad ang batas para naman kahit papaano maging maluwag sa bulsa ng ating mga estudyante ang pagbiyahe,” Poe said in a statement.
Students enrolled in any elementary, secondary, technical or vocational, and higher educational institution should all be benefitting from the law.
However, those who are in postgraduate and informal short-term courses like swimming, driving lessons, dancing, music, and seminar-type courses are not included.
Moreover, the discount will only apply to base fare or the price of the ticket before taxes and costs for ancillary services.
But, when it comes to promotional fare, CAB said a student need to decide whether to choose the promo rate or the regular fare with discount.
The said discount will be in effect even on weekends and holidays.
Under the law, concerned transportation agencies, such as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), are mandated to issue the IRR for public utility vehicles (PUV) namely jeepneys, taxis, buses, tricycles, passenger trains, aircraft and marine vessels and even Grab, which is a transport network vehicle service.
Also, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) will set on implementing the law on ships and vessels. Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will issue it on railways sector.
Poe believed the law will be helping the students to have saved money for other necessities such as food and other educational expenses.
“We hope this will bring a little ease on families faced with high prices of goods and services,” she added.
To avail the discount, of course, a school ID or a validated enrollment form plus a government-issued ID should be presented.
If a qualified student is not granted a fare discount, he or she could file a complaint with a certain concerning agency, namely LTFRB, CAB, or MARINA, depending on his or her way of transportation.