Policemen, soldiers and men of the Coast guards were given special privileges of 20% discount when they ride public transport buses.
The Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB have signed a memorandum granting all uniformed personnel a 20-percent discount on all public utility buses starting Monday, Feb.11.
Personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), who are on active duty, are qualified for the discount in all city and provincial buses.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said in a statement, “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.”
He added that to avail of the discount, uniformed personnel from the said agencies only have to present a valid ID as proof of active service.
“We salute the relentless efforts of our uniformed personnel, and the LTFRB is honored to be part of this expression of gratitude,” said LTFRB Chairman Delgra.
Among those who attended the signing of the memorandum were PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III, AFP Chief of Staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino and several bus operators.
The 20% discount will be effective starting Monday, February 11, and will be reviewed one year later.
The privilege given to uniformed personnel is a directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to honor the men and women in uniform for their exemplary service in preserving the sovereignty, national security, and peace and order of our country.