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The municipal council of El Nido is studying a proposed ordinance that would ban terminal dispatchers as part of its six-month rehabilitation.

Municipal Economic Enterprise and Development Office (MEEDO) chief Rene Acosta said Friday this is due to a number of complaints that the municipal government has received from van operators against dispatchers who are able to collect around P200 from each passenger and from taking commissions from them.

“Actually, may mga reklamo po dito sa atin, mga formal complaints. Basta pinakamababa na nila ‘yan na share ay P150 to P200 plus may porsyento pa sa collection o kabuuang kita ng isang van,” he said.

Acosta said the municipal government of El Nido’s rehabilitation also wants to reorganize all existing systems, including transportation to address complaints.

He said the proposed ordinance is also aimed at preventing the possible scenario tourists making the complaints.

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“Pangit kasi tignan, lalo na kung turista ka tapos nasa tricycle ka pa lang nag-aagawan na ang dispatcher sayo. So, nakakahiya, kaya nagkaroon ng ganitong proposal na ipagbawal na kasi on-going ang rehabilitation ng El Nido ‘di ba? Tapos ang terminal ganito. Gusto natin na maging maayos o organize ang sistema dito kasi tourist spot tayo,” he said.

Acosta also reminded everyone to avoid posting rants in social media, instead of filing formal complaints and submitting them in their office.

“Yong mga reklamo kasi sa social media wala naman ‘yan mapupuntahan. Ang gawin nila mag-file ng formal complaint at ibigay dito para mas maayos,” he said.

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