Ship, airfare now covered in new law giving 20% student discount

MANILA, Philippines – A new law was recently signed to extend the coverage of the 20% student fare discount.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11314 on April 17, its copy was released on Monday, July 15.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11314

Under the new measure, the 20% student fare discount currently applied to land transport services has been extended to include all kinds of public transportation utilities.

Students can now avail of the 20% discount not just when they are riding land transport systems such public utility buses, public utility jeepneys, tricycles but also including airplanes and marine vessels. It is also applicable everyday, including weekends and holidays during the entire duration that they are enrolled.

The new law will exclude the services that are covered by a contract or charter agreement such as shuttle service, school service, tourist service and the likes.

Student who may avail of the discount are those currently enrolled in elementary, secondary, technical and vocational, or higher education institution. Excluded in the discount are those studying in dancing or driving schools, short-term courses of seminar type and post-graduate studies (medicine, law, masters and doctorate degrees).

To avail the discount, the student must present their valid school IDs or current validated enrollment form.

For airfare discounts, it will only be applied to the base fare or the price of the ticket before taxes and other fees. The discount will only apply to regular fares and not applicable to promo or discounted rates. It cannot be used in combination with other discount programs or incentives.

Sen. Sonny Angara first filed the bill in 2007 when he was still a member of the House of Representatives. He stated in his address, "Every day, more than 30 million students from elementary to college travel to and from schools, so the enactment of the law is a big help for them and their families."

"So now students will enjoy the same privilege granted to senior citizens and persons with disabilities,” Angara added.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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