DO 98, s. 1991 – Guidelines on Student Fare Discounts

August 20, 1991
DO 98, s. 1991
Guidelines on Student Fare Discounts
To:   Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau Directors/Cultural Agency Directors
Directors of Services/Centers and Heads of Units
Schools Superintendents
Presidents, State Colleges and Universities
Heads of Private Schools, colleges and Universities
Vocational School Superintendents/administrators
1.   In pursuance of the Memorandum of Agreement made and entered into by and among the Department  of Education , Culture and Sports (DECS) , the Land Transportation Franchising and regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Philippines Information Agency (PIA), the Presidential Council for Youth Affairs (PCYA) and the Manila Jaycees, Inc. regarding the implementation and enforcement  of the Student Fare Program (SPF) , the following guidelines on student fare discount are issued:
 a.   Coverage
(1)   Students
(a)   All students presently enrolled elementary and High school levels can avail themselves of the student fare discounts from public utility buses (PUBS) and public utility jeepneys (PUJS) on school days, i.e Mondays-Fridays .
(b)   All students presently enrolled in the  collegiate level and those enrolled in vocational and technical schools can avail themselves of the SFP from Mondays – Saturdays.
(c)   Students attending dancing and driving schools, schools of culinary arts, and short-term courses of seminar type are not covered by the SFP privilege.
(2)   Public Utilities
Buses mini-buses, and jeepneys are covered by the directive. In the case of buses, the discount  will apply only to ordinary buses.
b.   Discount
(1)   A student fare of 25% discount is strictly enforced this school year. The minimum fare of P 1.50 for the first four kilometers, for example, is reduced to P1.15.
(2)   Philippines Air Lines (PAL) has an ongoing 15% discount afforded to students. Discount privileges are available directly from all PAL offices throughout the country.
c.   Procedures
A student must wear a valid ID issued by the school in which he/she is enrolled, duly signed by registrar. The ID shall be plastic sealed, with his or her picture I it and validated for the school year term/semester in which the discount is availed of.
In case of loss of an ID, a duplicate may be issued by the school.
d.   Transportation Operators
(1)   All drivers and conductors of PUBs and PUJs have been ordered by LTO/LTFRB to honor student fare discount on School days.
(2)   Transportation operators/employers have been asked by LTFRB to comply with the directive.
e.   Complaints
   Complains forms are available at local LTO and LTFRB offices (list of Regional LTO and LTRB offices attached) and many be reproduced by schools (sample form in closed). All complaints of student shall be lodged with school officials in charge of student affairs in each school. The school shall take up the matter to LTO/LTFRB officials.
f.   Violation/Penalties
(1)   Corresponding sanctions and/or penalties will be meted out to the violators of LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 87-0010 (upon which the Student Fare Program is based).
(2)   Refusal to honor the fare rate to students presenting their ID cards, the drivers, conductors, or inspectors will be given the following penalties:
First Offense:   suspension of license for three (3) months of drivers, conductors, or inspectors.
Second Offense:   suspension of license for six (6) months.
Third Offense:   one year suspension.
Fourth Offense:   one year suspension.
(3)   Refusal by drivers, conductors, or inspectors to honor the SFP upon instructions by their operators and employers, the latter will be given the following penalties:
First Offense –   a fine of P1,000
Second Offense –   a fine of P2,000
Third Offense –   a fine of P 3,000
Fourth Offense –   suspension of license to operate for fifteen (15) days in the route which the offender plies.
g.   Proper authorities and all persons deputized by the LTO shall assist in the enforcement of these guidelines.
2.   In this connections, it is requested that the necessary steps be taken such as designating the personal concerned in every school to facilitate the issuance of the school ID, lodging of complaints and enabling the students to avail themselves of the fare discount immediately.
3.   DECS regional and division offices and LTO-LTFRB authorities shall conduct information dissemination and monitoring. Mrs. Norma B. Bernardo, Information Officer IV, Technical Services shall coordinate activities in information dissemination and monitoring in Metro Manila in coordination with the regional and division offices of the National Capital Region.
4.   Immediate dissemination o this Memorandum is desired.
                                                                                                                                       (SGD.) ISIDRO D. CARINO
Incls.:   As stated
Reference:   DECS Memorandum: No. 23, s. 1990
Allotment:   1-2-3-4—(M.O. 1-87)
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