Senator allots P50T for fuel subsidy to Kidapawan drivers

Evangelista said members of the Kidapawan Integrated Tricycle Association (KITA) are qualified to avail of the gasoline subsidy that took effect this month.


The councilor said KITA's 2000 members can avail of a discount of P0.50 per liter of gasoline in selected gas stations in the city.


They will just present their passbooks every time they refuel, he added.


The pump price of diesel in major gasoline stations here has already reached P43.60 per liter and that of special gasoline P52.60 per liter.


KITA joined the nationwide transport strike on Monday to urge the government to repel the Oil Deregulation Law and suspend the 12-percent Value Added Tax imposed on petroleum products.


KITA president Victorino Carbonell claimed the strike paralyzed between 80 and 85 percent of public transportation in Kidapawan City.


Some 2000 tricycles, 150 jeepneys and 300 public vans plying the Kidapawan-Davao route joined the strike.


Transport groups in Kidapawan were able to convince other public utility vehicles to join them despite the non-participation People's Transit, formerly Weena Bus Company.


KITA joined the strike despite the Sangguniang Panlungsod's approval last week of a P1 increase in fares for tricycles.


But KITA president Victorino Carbonell claimed the P1 fare increase is useless because the pump prices of petroleum products have also increased in the previous months.


The three biggest oil companies operating in the country have announced the prices of petroleum products will continue increasing until July.


Carbonell said the increases in the prices of petroleum products occur every now unlike those of fare which happen only every three or four years.


But he urged his members to serve the commuters better and not take advantage of the present fare increase by collecting the additional P1 without securing the fare matrix.


He also called on the commuters not to pay an additional P1 if the driver could not present an original copy of the fare matrix issued by the Sangguniang Panlungsod committee on transportation and communication.


He urged the commuters to report to their office or the nearest police outpost any irregularity committed by drivers.


"We will teach these erring drivers a lesson once they violated some KITA rules," he said.