DAVAO CITY - It is high time to shift to a fixed compensation for taxi drivers from the current boundary system, a Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) official said Friday.
"Kasi kung if you are on the road for so many hours, apektado ang driving skills mo. Antok ka, baka mainit pa ang ulo mo. Apektado din 'yung rider mo. Baka mag-away pa kayo," LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said.
Lizada learned that operators in Davao City increased their daily rent to P250 following a meeting with taxi drivers on Friday.
"In this case, we look into the welfare of the drivers. At ang mga operator, naiintindihan namin kayo. You have to have income. But let's make it decent," she said.
Under Department Order No. 2017-011 of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), PUV drivers shall be on fixed salary and benefits with no compensation linked to ridership.
Taxi operators in Davao City earlier said they increased the rent to comply with the government's public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.
Taxi units must now be equipped with GPS and dashcam, among others.
Lizada however said taxi drivers should not carry the burden of the cost in modernizing the units. - report from Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News