Petition to Amend the New Taxi Fare Rates in Baguio City
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The LTFRB recently implemented a taxi fare hike in the City of Baguio. The fare increase was unreasonable and excessive and is not commensurate to the earning capacities of ordinary workers in Baguio whose minimum wage averages only from P285.00 to P300.00. Riding a public utility vehicle is a must for wage earners, while riding a taxi may not be the generally used means of transportation, many circumstances require even for minimum wage earners to ride a cab. And the recent increase is almost impossible to afford as the fare has now nearly doubled from the amended taxi fare. A minimum wage earner loses 40-50% of his day's wage or an average of 100.00-120.00 by paying taxi fare alone.
While we understand this need for a hike, taxi operators should understand the plight of commuters too. Operators should be more humane in considering the plight of commuters. In Baguio, air conditioning units are not used thereby taxis consume less fuel compared to other regions. Baguio is a small city and short distances are traveled.
The new taxi fare has nearly doubled that of the recently amended fares. It is utterly unjust and disproportionate that even some taxi drivers are encouraging their passengers to oppose the said increase because it will affect them inevitably when commuters start deciding to totally dispose with riding a taxi. We believe that the original taxi fare was fair and just to commuters, operators and drivers. We pray for an amendment of the new taxi fare rates in Baguio for the benefit of all.
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