El Nido Mayor Nieves Rosento has suspended the implementation of a municipal ordinance providing for a tricycle hire fare system, following reports of abuse and rising complaints from locals.
“Considering the gravity of reports of abuse of the hire fare, a decision has been made by the local government unit (LGU) of El Nido,” she said in the explanatory note of Executive Order (EO) 14-2018 on Thursday.
Rosento said she made the decision after “numerous reports and issues of abuse on the hire fare” stated in Ordinance 114-2017 were posted on social media and reached her office.
“It (hire fare) is being collected by tricycle drivers instead of the regular fare, or even if the passenger/s did not hire the tricycle,” she said.
Municipal Ordinance No. 114 provides for fare rates to 26 destinations around the town. Within the town proper, the minimum fare per person is pegged at P10.
The ordinance also establishes the tricycle-for-hire fare per hour, in which tricycle drivers can ask for P100 from commuters going around poblacion.
The suspension, she added, was recommended by the Municipal Tricycle Franchising Regulatory Board “to avoid the abuse of hire fare.”
Rosento, however, clarified that the suspension does not cover the Poblacion to Nacpan, Poblacion to Airport, and Poblacion to Cuyaoyao.
The municipal government also urge locals and non-locals to report violators to the El Nido Traffic Monitoring Group at hotline 0950-0465-260 for appropriate action.