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FOR NOW, the Roxas City government remains ‘uncertain’ about lowering the terminal fees at the Roxas City Integrated Transport Terminal, its economic affairs consultant said.


Carmen Andrade said that the city government’s P51- million loan with the United Coconut Planters Bank for the construction of the terminal is a ‘big’ reason why.


Three-fourths of the net income and revenues shall be used to pay off the loan whereas the remaining will be used for operational expenses, Andrade said.


As per Section XI of said ordinance establishing the terminal, the following fees are set: Public Utility Buses, Php100; Public Utility Vans, Php40 (for routes with a distance less than 45 kilometers) and Php 80 (for routes more than 80 kilometers); Public Utility Jeepneys, Php25; and Public Mini-buses, Php 90.


Terminal fees are collected from public utility vehicles prior to their dispatch.


The different petitions of operators/owners of Acacia Group, Rodulfo Abella and Santiago Buyco, Jr., and Hugpong Transport for the review and reduction of terminal fees were rejected by the city council in a regular session on July 22.


In a July 8 letter addressed to the council, Acacia owners said that there is a “discrepancy” of Php20 between fees charged for public utility vans and the Ceres Bus Liner, which has more seating capacity, thus asking to reduce fees for vans to Php40.


Hugpong Transport wants fees to be fixed at Php15 (public utility jeepneys), Php25 (L300 vans), and Php40 (municipal buses).


According to Councilor Jose Agdalipe, chairman of the committee on public utilities, it is too early to file such petitions because of the terminal opening around a month ago.


Consultations with the transport sector were also held prior to the terminal’s construction in 2013, Agdalipe added.


According to Agdalipe, the terminal’s oversight committee might evaluate the need to reduce the fees if it finds the charges burdensome for the operators in the long run.

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