Public hearing for P2 tricycle fare hike set


By FELIPE V. CELINO

ROXAS City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod’s (SP) Committee on Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on the proposed P2 tricycle fare hike tomorrow, July 5, at the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center.

Chaired by SP member Herbert Chu, the public hearing will start at 9 a.m.

The current minimum tricycle fare is P6.

The Alliance of Roxas City Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (ARCTODA) cited the continuing increase in fuel prices and basic commodities in seeking a fare increase.

In September 22, 2005, the City Council fixed the minimum fare at P6 for regular commuters and P4 for students and senior citizens for the first two kilometers, with an additional P.50 for every succeeding kilometer.

ARCTODA President Joel Perion said premium gasoline was then at P33.45 per liter.
Today, prices of petroleum products are much higher. Period said there has been a 53.66 percent increase.

“This we ask so we may be able to continue providing food for our families and send our children to school,” Perion said.

There are about 3,500 tricycles with approved franchises in this city. The colorum or franchise-less ones number about 500, Perion said./PN

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