“SAAN na kami pumunta?”
This was the plaintive question by Atty. Vigor Mendoza, Chairman of Kilusan sa Pagbabago ng Industriya ng Transportasyon (KAPIT) following the report that expressway operators are pushing for an increase in toll fees.
Mendoza said that the transport sector is really “bleeding”.
“Ano pa, Martes lang nagtaas uli ang diesel, ngayon toll fees naman, ano pa!” Mendoza asked?
Mendoza said the transport groups cannot take on additional burden.
“Kung matuloy ito ang Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) gumising sila at ibigay na ang matagal na naming petition itaas ang pamasahe,” said Mendoza.
Mendoza said the price of diesel now is P30 plus per liter and yet jeepney fare is still P7. “Mind you once the toll fee hike is approved the transport industry won’t have any choice but ask for adjustments in fares.
“Saan na kami pupulutin kung hindi itaas ang pamasahe?” Mendoza said.
The transport industry is calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to scuttle the reported petition for higher toll fees.
“Inuulit naming, lahat ng transport group leaders ay isa lang ang sentiment — itaas ang pamasahe kung mangyari ang toll fee increase,” said Mendoza.
In a separate interview Alberto Suansing, consultant and spokesperson of Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), confirmed that the operators of North Luzon Expressway, SCTEX and CAVITEX have a pending petition for increased toll fees before the (TRB).
Suansing assured the public that there is no increase for now in toll fees.
“Pending yung petition of toll fees, sinisuguro namin na walang magyayaring bulagaan kaya masusing pinag-aaralan ng board,” Suansing said.