MARINA Press Release
(11 October 2018) —
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has reiterated to domestic passenger ship operators, owners, and/or companies that senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and students are entitled to 20% fare discount on board domestic passenger ships, provided that they present a valid proof of identification.
MARINA Circular 2017-03 noted that a fare discount must be given to senior citizens, PWDs, and students for land, air, and sea transportation as prescribed by the law all-year round, including weekends, school breaks, and even during legal or special holidays.
Aside from fares, senior citizens, PWDs, and students are also entitled to other discounted privileges such as foods and drinks, medicines, as well as recreational activities, and other services available on board. However, they cannot avail of such privilege if combined with other sea transportation discount or promotions, referred to as “double discount”.
Domestic passenger operators, owners, and/or companies who will refuse to grant fare discount to senior citizens, PWDs, and students will face the following penalties:
For ships 500 gross tonnages (GT) and below, the first offense penalty ranges from PhP 10,000 to PhP80,000 with warning; for the second offenses, fine ranges from PhP20,000 to PhP150,000 with suspension of operation of ship for a period not exceeding 30 days; and for the succeeding offenses, penalty rate is from PhP25,000 to PhP150,000 with suspension of ship operations.
Meanwhile, for ships over 500 GT, the first offense ranges from PhP50,000 to PhP100,000 with warning; for second offense, fine ranges from PhP60,000 to PhP200,000 with suspension of operation of ship for a period not exceeding 30 days; and for the succeeding offense, penalty rate is from PhP70,000 to PhP200,000 with suspension of ship operations.
The MARINA encourages the public to report erring domestic shipping companies / owners / operators of passenger ships via MARINA Enforcement Services hotline at 0998-965-8464.