Drivers’ fare rate petition hangs

THE uncertainty of the status of the Negros Island Region (NIR) is also affecting the petition of drivers’ of public utility vehicles for a possible fare increase.

Diego Malacad, secretary-general of United Negros Drivers Association (Undoc), said that because of the lack of NIR office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, they do not know where to file their petition, whether in Western Visayas or Central Visayas.

“So we would like to direct our appeal to our governor, mayors, the bishops and the Social Action Center so that they can bring our concern to the President,” Malacad said as he expressed dismay over the series of fuel price increases.

“The drivers lost almost a kilo of rice from their take home pay because of the recent increases in fuel prices,” he said.

He added that the average fuel consumption of PUVs are at 20 liters a day and because of the increases, they lost almost P40 per day.

The oil companies have imposed fuel price increase three times already this month at P1.40, P.70 and P. 25 per liter, respectively.

Malacad said that if the fuel price increase will continue, they may push through with the plan of holding a transport strike at the start of 2017.

He added that at the start of 2017, they will hold an assembly with their drivers and operator members to come up with a concrete action pertaining to the situation. (TDE)
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