Fuel price hikes force General Santos to increase tricycle fares by 80%

6/24/2022 4:20:00 AM

The minimum tricycle fare in General Santos City increases from P10 to P18 per passenger for the first four kilometers and an additional P2 for every succeeding kilometer

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The minimum tricycle fare in General Santos City increases from P10 to P18 per passenger for the first four kilometers and an additional P2 for every succeeding kilometer.

The minimum tricycle fare in General Santos City increases from P10 to P18 per passenger for the first four kilometers and an additional P2 for every succeeding kilometer

The MTFRB’s decision came on Tuesday, June 21, the same day fuel prices were increased again. In General Santos, the average price for regular gasoline is P81.93, P82.93 for premium gasoline, and P88.74 for diesel.The minimum tricycle fare in the city increased from P10 to P18 per passenger for the first four kilometers and an additional P2 for every succeeding kilometer.

Tricycle drivers and owners heaved a sigh of relief as they welcomed the announcement on the increased fares.With the steady rise in fuel prices over the past weeks, many of them gave up tricycle driving and looked for other work.Tricycle driver Josue Fernandez said the increase was long overdue, and drivers like him had been asking the local government to grant it at a time when gasoline prices were still about P40 per liter.

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – The city government’s Motorized Tricycle Franchising and Regulatory Board (MTFRB) approved an 80% increase in the minimum tricycle fare in General Santos City, a decision hailed by the drivers but frowned upon by commuters.By JOVILAND RITA, GMA News Published June 23, 2022 10:14am Only 20% to 30% of the total number of provincial buses are operating amid the series of fuel price increases, according to the Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines on Thursday.0 Budget carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) is considering increasing fares due to the surge in fuel prices, according to its president and CEO Lance Y.By - June 22, 2022 3:41 pm DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 June) – The local task force on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reported that the positivity rate in Davao City has increased to 3 percent on Wednesday, urging the unvaccinated and those individuals who are eligible for booster dose to receive their vaccines to protect themselves from transmission and severity of the disease, a local health official said.

The MTFRB’s decision came on Tuesday, June 21, the same day fuel prices were increased again. In General Santos, the average price for regular gasoline is P81. “Nitong mga nakaraang linggo at tumaas nang husto yung halaga ng diesel.93, P82. If not, (our operations) will not be sustainable,” Gokongwei said on the sidelines of the media launch of Supah, a grocery delivery app, in Quezon City last Wednesday.93 for premium gasoline, and P88. (The prices of diesel have really increased these past weeks.74 for diesel. She said that the slight increase in the number of COVID-19 cases should not be a major cause of concern as the positivity rate remains below the acceptable threshold of 5 percent.

The minimum tricycle fare in the city increased from P10 to P18 per passenger for the first four kilometers and an additional P2 for every succeeding kilometer.) Yague said the number of operating provincial buses picked up in April when operators were allowed to use their own terminals. He also said the company will continue to offer promo fares to encourage more Filipinos to travel. Tricycle drivers and owners heaved a sigh of relief as they welcomed the announcement on the increased fares. With the steady rise in fuel prices over the past weeks, many of them gave up tricycle driving and looked for other work. According to an Unang Balita report, around 26,000 provincial bus workers lost their jobs when operators suspended their operations due to the series of fuel price hikes. Tricycle driver Josue Fernandez said the increase was long overdue, and drivers like him had been asking the local government to grant it at a time when gasoline prices were still about P40 per liter. About two weeks ago, the airline launched a special sale and offered tickets for as low as P12, one-way base fare, for flights covering the travel period February 1 to May 31, 2023. “Fuel prices kept rising but the minimum fare remained at P10, making things difficult for us because we could not cope with the high costs of almost everything,” he said. — KBK, GMA News. According to the City Information Office, the guidelines provided by Department of Health state that “a confirmed COVID-19 positive patient, who underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, may qualify for home isolation if he or she has a bedroom with attached CR or toilet and bath.

As a result, only 60 of the more than 100 members of the General Santos Tricycle Operators’ and Drivers’ Association stayed because nearly everything they earned went to fuel expenses, said Fernandez, the vice president of the organization. Another tricycle driver, Naim Abdul, said the new rate would allow him to bring home food for his family daily.9-billion net loss for 2021. A father of five, Abdul said, “I really don’t care if fuel prices increase as long as I can buy rice and viand for my family every day.” Abdul said he pays the tricycle owner P150 daily as rent.  Tricycles have been a popular and one of the cheapest modes of public transportation in General Santos where about 20,000 units operate. This was mostly driven by the 50-percent decline in passenger revenue to P6. As of June 22, Schlosser reported 37 deaths due to COVID-19 from among the children aged zero to nine years old and 23 deaths from among those aged 10 to 19 years old.

But officials said there could be more because many were unregistered with the MTFRB. The MTFRB’s decision was greeted by commuters with raised eyebrows. Even before the MTFRB decision, many of the tricycle fares were already overcharging commuters, they said. As travel restrictions continue to ease, the airline has ramped up its international network by adding more flights to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Nagoya, Seoul, Osaka and Singapore. “They even demanded an amount even before you can mention your destination,” said commuter Barry Ramos, adding that he doubted that drivers would follow the P18 rate set by the MTFRB. Yen Mangompit, a local reporter, said there was a time when a tricycle driver asked her to pay P30 for a distance that should have cost her only P10.

“We understand that fuel prices have increased, but they have been overcharging commuters even before when the cost of fuel was still relatively low,” Mangompit said. Commuter Irene Ramirez asked, “Do you think they will be satisfied with P18?” – Rappler.com .