NEWS: P10 fare for Tagum tricycles approved

july 30

It will be already P10 and no longer P7 fare for a normal tricycle ride in Tagum City as the City Council unanimously approved yesterday the P3 fare increase earlier sought by tricycle drivers and operators.

But Vice Mayor Allan Rellon, in an interview, said that the fare increase would only take effect after the concurrence of the provincial board on the City Ordinance 305, series of 2008 which increased the tricycle fare.

The fare increase though provides for selective charging of fare as the students, senior citizens and differently-abled persons would have only to shoulder a P1 increase or pay only P8.

Aurora Lozada, long-practising anchor of DXDN Radyo Ukay, which aired the session live, described yesterday’s session as “productive”.

But others were simply not happy with the measure.

A high school teacher who did not want to be identified complained that his meager salary could be further eaten up by the P3 fare increase, which he said as “dako ra kayo” (a big amount of increase). He added that a P1 increase could be “tolerable” and not the P3.

Tricycle driver Geraclio Awitin told Sidlak he was happy with the fare increase saying that it just actually returned their previous income when the price of gasoline was still P30 per liter compared to the present P60 per liter. “Buhay-buhay lang,” he added.

He said that the increase was long overdue considering that the price of gasoline has long risen up as well as the high prices of other commodities foremost the rice.

But he said that tricycle drivers and operators have the other pressing problem of the unfair competition of the habal-habal single motorcycles which he said is also another major factor that has been reducing their daily take-home income.

He complained of the many colorum habal-habal single motorcycles hawking up their passengers.

He said that there is an easy entry and exit of habal-habal motorcycle drivers from neighboring towns such as Asuncion , Kapalong, Maco and as far as Pantukan who do freelance driving in the city to do a living. “Daghan ang dayo dinhi”

He said that the P3 price increase was just reasonable considering also that Tagum City has a wide urban sprawl with usually long streets and roads, citing that the downtown area has a far distance to the public market and the integrated terminal.

But he complained that even with the P7 fare they have been encountering a lot of passengers who are not giving the extra P1 for every kilometer after the first three kilometers covered by the P7.

“We will still observe what would happen next under the P10 fare,” he said referring to the behavior of the not a few passengers who are not paying for the additional P1 per kilometer after the basic P10 fare.

One estimate said that habal-habal motorcycles plying in the city streets already numbered about 2,500 as seven months ago the estimate was 1,800.

The City Council’s committee on transportation had conducted a public hearing on the fare increase last July 22 but reports said that since there was virtually no opposition to the measure the council has eventually approved the standard P3 fare increase.

After getting entangled with amendments and on processes of approving committee reports and readings on the measure, the City Council yesterday on first motion of the Councilor Rey Salve unanimously approved the ordinance which enacted the latest fare increase. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

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