CAGAYAN de Oro City-The City Council is expected to come out with a resolution this week urging the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) central office to reduce the taxi fare rates in Region 10.
City Council committee on public utilities chair Teodulfo Lao Jr. said he will sponsor the resolution after meeting with taxi owners and drivers belonging to the regional chapter of the National Confederation of Transport Union (NCTU).
NCTU regional chapter chair Joel Gabatan claimed that many of his members who are driving taxicabs could not anymore reach the steep daily lease (known in local parlance as “boundary”) imposed by their respective unit operators due to the lack of passengers.
Before August this year, the taxi rate was P3.50 for every 300 meters.
But when LTFRB imposed the new rate of P13.50 per kilometer and travel duration rate of P2 every minute, Gabatan said that more commuters are now opting to ride in other public transport modes such as jeepneys, motorelas and even the unauthorized motorcycles (known as “habal-habal”) and Indian-made tuk-tuks (known locally as “bao-bao”) as well as banca engine-driven tricycles (known as “motorsikad”) .
Gabatan pointed out that when LTFRB imposed the increase, taxi operators also charged a “boundary” increase per day to the drivers.
“Dili nan a namo maapas pa pa ang boundary. Dili man pud namo mapugos ang mga pasahero nga mosakay sa amo,” he said.
Because of this, Gabatan said NCTU is asking for a P10 decrease of taxi fare.
In a separate remark, LTFRB 10 director Aminoden Guro said all decisions regarding taxi fares come from their central office.
Guro and NCTU are still meeting as of press time regarding the situation.
But momentarily, the transport group has found an ally in Lao.
Lao said he has spoken to Gabatan and agreed he would take the matter at the City Council this week. mark francisco
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