Fare hike unfair

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


THE problem of fare increases have long haunted the life of the riding public. A fare adjustment has an effect on the prices of prime commodities and is an added financial burden for commuters.

The question lies in the inefficiency or perhaps the laziness and lackadaisical attitude of transport authorities to effect real and honest-to-goodness studies or observations on whether a fare hike at a given time is necessary, justified and important for the survival of the transport industry.

In reality, fare increase is not the drivers’ demand. It is the demand of tranport operators who ride on the clamor for fare adjustment so they can jack up their boundaries or vehicle rentals. Whatever fare increase is approved is immediately siphoned by these operators.

Let’s come up with a simple computation on how much a driver earns daily.

A jeepney from the Labangon area to the downtown area is loaded with the normal capacity of from 15 to 20 passengers. The same number of people are loaded back to the Labangon area. If we add the up and down passengers, a total of 30 or 40 passengers can be loaded in one trip of a unit.

Let’s be conservative by computing only 20 to 30 passengers in one round trip. (Note: All passenger jeepney units are always in full capacity especially during work and school days.)

Meanwhile, it is a fact that a transport operator answers all maintenance expenses including the purchase of tires, spare parts as well as the vehicle registration fee.

The driver spend for only the fuel.

For a 14-seater public utility jeepney (PUJ), the boundary is from P500 to P600 a day.

The boundary for an 18-seater jeepney is from P700 to P800 a day. One round trip consumes about 1 liter of fuel.

To simplify the computation, let’s take the 30 passengers in one round trip and multiply each of them with the present minimum fare of P7.50. (Actually, the driver collects P8 per passenger and often disregards the 20 percent discount for students and senior citizens.) We would then come up with P225 per round trip.

Suppose that the cost of fuel is P60 per liter. Subtract P60 from P225 and the driver
gets P165 per round trip. Now if the driver makes a total of 10 round trips per day, he will earn P1,650. Subtract from that the boundary or rental of P800 per day and the driver nets P850 per day.

Usually, the driver of a 14-seater jeepney earns between P400 to P700 per day and that of an 18-seater earns between P800 to P1,000 per day.

Now who says that thew drivers are on the losing end?--By Jess Kangleon Faller Sr.

BIR demand letter

Last May 13 and 20, 2014, I received a final demand letter from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) requesting me to settle the unpaid witholding tax liability for the year 1999 and 2000 of Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City when I took over as its treasurer.

The letter shocked me not only because it entailed a hefty sum of over P2 million but
also because I received no prior communication from the BIR since 2004, the year I quit my post, notifying me of the alleged unpaid witholding tax liability that was incurred during my term.

Besides, proper and orderly turnover of accountabilities was done before I left my post.

To put the record in its proper perspective, there was nothing to pay to the BIR because no taxes was witheld on that particular year.

I am wondering why the BIR, with the best legal minds at its disposal, failed to give me a little oppurtunity to explain before they sent me a final and urgent demand for payment.

I can’t believe that this is the right process in a democratic society. I can’t believe that this is fair and just. I can’t believe that I will be denied and deprived of due process.

I only believe that every job has its own peril.--Hermilino J. Magallon, former treasurer, Barangay Inayawan

Minglanilla trash

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I passed by the Minglanilla Central School in Minglanilla town during the opening of the classes last Monday. A big pile of uncollected garbage could be seen at the roadside near the school’s gate. The smell of the trash assaulted our noses.

The school is a stone’s throw away from the Minglanilla public market. But vendors say that not all of the garbage were theirs. Some people in the nearby residential areas also threw their trash there.

It seems like everybody prepared for the opening of classes except the Minglanilla Municipal Government. It failed to make sure that school children going back to school would be welcomed well.

While parents and teachers took time in cleaning the school campus during the Brigada Eskwela, outside its walls the government failed to maintain cleanliness. What a condemnable act.--Macar Pardillo

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 04, 2014.

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