Dumaguete City Councilor Alan Cordova called the presidents of public utility vehicles, including V-hire and jeepneys, yesterday to shed light on the sudden drop in the daily collection at the Dumaguete City Integrated Transport Terminal.
Cordova told the Sangguniang Panlungsod that the meeting was scheduled after they discovered a significant drop in the collection of terminal fees at the Robinsons area during the joint meeting held by the SP committees on Traffic and Transportation, and Economic Enterprise last month.
Present as resource persons were the head of the City Economic Enterprises Office, Jose Ronnie Fortin, and his staff, Michael Gangoso and Analita Balacuit; and the City Treasurer, Cristina Merced.
It was revealed than that, a substantial number of public utility vehicles avoided the required terminal fee for the use of the Dumaguete Transport Terminal by not entering it. Such practice had caused the substantial drop in the collection of terminal fee.
This practice of the drivers is informally called “antog”, which is a violation of City Ordinance No. 32.
Vice Mayor Franklin Esmeña said that the decline in the collection of terminal fees in the past years could be resolved through the diligence of these manning the exit points by listing down the “antogs” and reporting them to the Office of Fortin, and with the strict implementation of the penalties provided in Ordinance No. 32.
However, Gangoso said that some drivers practice “antog” but are honest enough to pay for their trips. Their payments are included in the collection record.
Merced reported the total collection from the City Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal Fee. In 2015, the annual collection was P2.8 million, in 2016, it went down to P2.5 million, P2.2 million in 2017, and only P9,000 for January to February this year.*
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