MCH minimum fare in Tacloban City stays at P9; bid to increase it to P15, turned down

MCH's minimum fare in Tacloban City to remain at P9. A bid to increase it to P15 was rejected; instead, the council agreed to a P12 increase. Photo: Google Maps, Image Capture Sept. 2021

TACLOBAN CITY – Due to a series of oil price hikes, drivers and operators of tricycles or motorcabs-for-hire (MCH) in Tacloban City pushed for a minimum fare of P15 from P9 in a public hearing on Friday, April 1, at the City Engineers Office Gym.

The Sangguniang Panglunsod's Committee on Transportation facilitated the public hearing attended by representatives from various sectors such as students, employees, PWDs, senior citizens, businessmen, and barangay officials.

Following the conclusion of all discussions, those present agreed to a minimum P12 fare increase rather than the P15 demanded by MCH drivers and operators.

Councilor Leo Bahin, Chair of the Transportation Committee, clarified that seniors, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and students will continue to be eligible for the reduced fare.

It should be noted that the most recent fare increase for MCHs was implemented in 2018. —Tacloban News Update
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