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Taxi Drivers & Operators Ask Government to Include Their Sector on List of Fuel Subsidy Beneficiaries

The taxi drivers and operators are calling for fuel subsidy amid the surging prices of petroleum products over the past few months.

Over the previous weeks, the prices of petroleum products continue to increase and contribute to the burden of the Filipino people. The increasing fuel prices prompted various transport group to ask for fuel subsidy.

The national government has already approved the fuel subsidy for jeepney drivers. The government would distribute the fuel subsidy directly to the drivers instead of letting the operators handle the budget.

Taxi Drivers

Recently, taxi drivers and operators are also urging the government to include them on the list of fuel subsidy beneficiaries. The sector is asking the government’s decision to provide subsidy for jeepney drivers and neglect the,

The Philippine National Taxi Operators Association president Bong Suntay also appeals for assistance. He also said that most taxi drivers are using gasoline or LPGs, which prices continue to increase.

“Hinanda na namin ’yung ating sulat sa (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board), which will be the one who will implement itong pagbibigay ng subsidiya dito sa ating mga public utility jeeps, which should be actually public utility vehicles dapat ’yan, hindi public utility jeeps lang,” Suntay suggested.

Taxi Drivers

Suntay also said that the operation of taxi drivers have been also affected by lockdown, restrictions, curfew and limited working hours. Taxi drivers and operators are suffering for a year and nine months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Initially nu’ng parteng March due to the extreme lockdown na dinanas natin then after the extreme lockdown, ’yung mga pocket lockdown naman kung saan. Well, madami. Madaming mga taxi ang hindi nakakabiyahe at madami rin, mga opisina, mga tindahan mga malls ang hindi pinayagan magbukas na nakaapekto sa mananakay ng taxi.” Suntay added.

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