DUMAGUETE CITY – Considering that prices of gasoline are nearing P 54.00 per liter and cost of spare parts nearly doubled, tricycles or motorcab-for-hire drivers are seeking an increase in the minimum fare rate from P8.00 to P10.00.
However, in a public hearing the City Councilors are asking the petitioners, mostly tricycle drivers association, to provide the required data to support their request for an increase of P 2.00 for the first kilometer.
There was also an alternative estimate by Gilbert Ablong of the Traffic Management Office but it would only amount to just P 8.17 which must reconciled with other factors.
City Councilors are also mulling of amending an ordinance passed in 2012 which provided several formulas to set the minimum fare rate to reflect some factors such as rate of inflation, price of basic commodities and current costs of living.
Among those who attended the public hearing last Wednesday were student leaders but none of those present expressed outright opposition to the request for fare increase.