MANILA, Philippines — Grab driver, Wilson Esteras, is now worried because his income will surely be affected.
This was after Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered Grab to lower their surge pricing to 1.5 from the times 2.
Esteras explained that the usual fare of P120 during rush hour will now become P90 due to the order.
“To be honest, malungkot (it’s disappointing). Malungkot yun kasi syempre magbabawas na naman ng kita namin. Sana rin yung fare increase na i-finile ni Grab na dinedemand yung fare hike sana ma-approve para at least makabawi kami sa operational cost namin kasi ang gas tumataas rin naman kasi,” said the Grab driver.
(To be honest, it’s sad. It’s sad because, of course, our income will be reduced again. We hope that the fare hike filed by Grab will be approved so we can at least recoup our operational costs because fuel prices also increase.)
LTFRB said that the 1.5 surge pricing will remain until the board approves the application of the three transport network vehicles (TNCs).
Grab, on the other hand, said this will surely affect the income of their drivers.
But Grab warned their drivers not to take advantage of passengers because of the order.
“We ask the riding public paki report po agad (promptly report) any opportunity possible kapag may ganito (if there are such cases) because we will fully take action,” said Grab head of public affairs Leo Gonzales.
Drivers opposed the statement of Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) partylist Representative Koko Nograles to return the P1.8 billion that Grab overcharged from its passengers.
Grab driver, Wilson, said this will be a problem because they have already earned it.
“Kami ang mag suffer. At pag kami nag-suffer, lahat kami technically, hindi makakabayad ng monthly amortization. Wala kami papakain sa pamilya namin. So si Congressman Nograles ba sasagot sa mga pagkain ng pamilya namin?” said Esteras.
(We are the ones who will suffer. And if we suffer, all of us technically will not be able to pay monthly amortization. We won’t have anything to feed our family with. So, is Congressman Nograles going to feed our families?)
Nograles said they will conduct an oversight committee hearing if the LTFRB will not investigate the case.
LTFRB may also be charged with graft if they will not act on the case.
“Kung hindi po sila gagalaw para i-refund ang pera ng taong bayan, ibig sabihin doon sila pumanig sa Grab at hindi sa taong bayan. Kaya ang LTFRB ginawa yan para protektahan ang taong-bayan,” said Nograles.
(If they will not move to refund the people’s money, it would mean they are siding with Grab and not the people. LTFRB was created to protect the people.) — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue