AFP: BUS FARE DISCOUNT A TRIBUTE TO TROOPS
MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday called the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board's (LTFRB) move to give troops a 20-percent fare discount on all city and provincial public utility buses (PUBs) a fitting tribute to their service and sacrifices for the country.
"The discount given to all military personnel by the bus companies through LTFRB, does not only have a monetary value but more important(ly), (it) is (a) fitting recognition of the services, sacrifices, and heroism of our soldiers," AFP public affairs office chief, Col. Noel Detoyato, said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
To avail of the fare discount, uniformed personnel only needed to present a valid ID as proof of active service, the LTFRB earlier said.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the grant of fare discounts in PUBs to uniformed personnel is in line with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to honor men and women in uniform.
“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,” Tugade said.
The special fare discount for all uniformed personnel will remain effective indefinitely, but will be reviewed after one year. (PNA)