Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Davao City multi-cab drivers, operators protest government order

Some 300 drivers and operators of multi-cabs hold a rally in Davao City in the southern Philippines on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 as a protest to a government proposal banning the vehicles from the streets.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 13, 2010) – Some 300 utility drivers and operators staged a rally Wednesday in Davao City in the southern Philippines to protest government proposal to ban passenger mini-jeeps on the streets.

The protest was spearheaded by the transport groups called TRANSMISION-Piston and the Alyansa sa mga Drayber and Opereytor Batuk sa Multi-cab Phase-out.

Edil Gonzaga, Secretary-General of Transmission-Piston in Davao City, who is leading a petition to stop the government proposal to phase out multi-cabs, said the government has already rejected some 700 multi-cabs from operating in Davao City alone.
He said more than 2,300 multi-cab units are facing danger of being phased out before the year ends.

The Department of Transportation and Communication has ordered the implementation of the phase out of all public multi-cab units after 10 years of use.

“Multi-cab operators should be allowed to renew their franchises for as long as their units remain in good condition,” Gonzaga said.

He also criticized the Aquino administration for being deaf over the sentiments of the small drivers and operators.

Benjamine Famoso, Chairperson of United Homeowners Transport Cooperative in Davao City, said: “This kind of government policy will worsen the unemployment in the country as this will mean no income for thousands of drivers nationwide. This policy is totally illogical, anti-driver and anti-people.”

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