THE Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (Bredco) is planning to regulate the taxi and tricycle fare schemes at the Simplicio Palanca Seaport Terminal at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City.
Romeo Casela, Bredco port manager, said he received complaints from seaport passengers that some of the taxi and tricycle drivers were charging excessive fare rates from the port to the downtown area.
“We should not tolerate this kind of activity, they should collect the right fare and the taxi drivers should not ask an extra pay on top of what’s indicated on the fare meter. It’s unfair to our passengers,” he said.
He added that he will hold a meeting with the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to address this problem.
Casela noted that the LTFRB should check the tariff rates of the taxi and tricycle operating in the seaport terminal.
“We allow them to pick-up passengers here because not all of our passengers have their own vehicle,” he said.
He added that this kind of activity will also affect the tourist arrival in Bacolod City.
On June 18, Bredco along with the city officials inaugurated its P400-million air-conditioned Simplicio Palanca Seaport Terminal at the Reclamation Area.
The new terminal is equipped with free Wi-Fi, an x-ray machine and seats that can accommodate about 1,000 people.
The new structure also features a VIP room, prayer room, kids’ playroom, nursing room, and other facilities including those for persons with disability.