MANILA – It’s about time to come up with a formula for automatic fare adjustments to avoid confusion among Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers and commuters, a lawmaker said on Wednesday. Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, chair of the House committee on transportation, said this will also cut short the time taken before implementing any fare increase and rollback. “Maybe it is high time that we come up with a formula for fare adjustments which would compute the fares as automatic as possible,” he said during the panel’s meeting. “This will address the confusion among our commuters where higher fares are imposed even though the prevailing situation had already changed,” he added. Due to recent oil price hikes, the minimum jeepney fare has been raised to P10 from P9, while the fare for ordinary and air-conditioned buses also increased a peso to P11 and P13, respectively. However, some drivers have yet to implement the fare hike because they still have to line up to get the fare matrix from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade recently urged the LTFRB to come up with a pre-determined fare matrix that will automatically adjust fares depending on the movement of oil prices.