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National Newsbits for June 16, 2014

FEW COMPLAINTS FROM FARE HIKE

Transportation authorities received few reports of complaints during the first day of implementation of the 50-centavo jeepney fare hike in Regions 3, 4 and the National Capital Region. Unlike previously implemented fare hikes, the recent one was not met with opposition from commuters, according to Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Executive Director Atty. Roberto Cabrera. “Complaints were rare. Everything went well last Saturday,” Cabrera said. Nevertheless, Cabrera said commuters who get to deal with overcharging jeepney operators or those who charge without the necessary fare matrix can report their complaints through the LTFRB’s 24/7 hotline 459-2129 or 09214487777. As of Saturday, the minimum jeepney fare for Regions 3, 4 and the National Capital Region was already pegged at P8.50 for the first four kilometers and P1.50 for the succeeding kilometer. (Kris Bayos)

PCSO: GOOD LUCK, FATHERS

Following yesterday’s observance of Father’s Day, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Chairman Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II wished that at least one father would win the P156-million jackpot of Grand Lotto 6/55. He made the wish as no one hit the 6/55’s P148-million prize money on Saturday. “Good luck to all the fathers, may one of them be the lucky winner in our 6/55 draw today or Sunday’s Super Lotto 6/49,” said Rojas. He said the projected jackpot for today’s draw is P156 million. Last June 14’s draw came up with the winning numbers combination of 12-17-37-48-43-34, with 27 bets matching at least five of the winning numbers for a P95,630 second prize each. (Edd K. Usman)

FREE MRT RIDE FOR PROFESSIONALS

Licensure board exam passers will be able to ride the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) for free today as the country celebrates the 41st Professional Consciousness Week. The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said registered Filipino professionals could avail of the free-ride from 7-10 a.m., and from 5-8 p.m. “They will have to present their valid and updated PRC IDs at the MRT3 Guards stationed at the service gate before being issued boarding passes,” PRC said. “Upon arrival at their destination, registered Filipino professionals shall surrender their boarding passes to the guards at the service gate before exit,” it added. PRC said it has partnered with the Department of Transportation and Communications-MRT3 (DOTC-MRT3) for the implementation of the program to raise awareness on the importance of the professionals in the local workforce. (Samuel Medenilla)

PUBLIC AUCTION

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) will hold another public auction of seized goods in the Manila International Container Port (MICP) tomorrow to avert the lingering effect of port congestion. Up for disposal by MICP are four units of JAC Sunray Coaster Van, 640 bags of Kraft Butter Milk Powder, an Isuzu Elf Truck, 18 dialysis machines, 4,608 liters of thinner and assorted household goods. The “public auction through sealed bidding” will be held on June 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the conference room of the MICP building at the North Harbor, MICP district collector Elmir Dela Cruz said in an advisory posted on the BOC website. (Raymund F. Antonio)