Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board regional director Romulo Bernades, yesterday said that they will limit the maximum number of authorized taxi units in Metro Bacolod to 850.
Bernades met with the officers and members of the Association of United Taxi Operators of Negros led by its outgoing president, Fernando Latayan in Bacolod City yesterday to answer queries on franchise and other important matters.
In 2011, he said that there were a thousand taxi units operating in Metro Bacolod.
But in an inventory conducted, they found out that only 600 taxi units are authorized to operate and 400 were considered “colorum” or operating without licenses and permits, he added.
Bernades said 379 taxi units have franchises that are either abandoned, cancelled, or expired, and the number will be filled up to hit the maximum of 850 authorized taxi units in Bacolod.
He also said LTFRB and AUTON have agreed to allow 820 units to operate in Metro Bacolod.
Bernades said Iloilo has 2,000 authorized taxi units to serve its 661,000 population, while Metro Bacolod (to include Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, Murcia) has a population of 815, 597 and yet it has currently only 820 taxi units.
He noted the disparity in the number of taxi units, considering that Iloilo has a smaller population compared to Metro Bacolod.
“But by ratio and proportion, we cannot allow 2,000 taxi units operating in Bacolod because it will have an impact on present operators,” Bernades said.
There are many new applications for franchise but after consultation with the big players affiliated with AUTON, they agreed to end at 850, he said.
Meanwhile, AUTON elected its 2013 officers with Ramy Jalandoon of FAITH Taxi as president.
Gerry Garingalao of GNC taxi was elected vice president; Rosana Peligro of ROP taxi - treasurer; Jinky Ablao of ASHA taxi - secretary; Tobias Abainza of Toby n Deng Taxi - auditor and elected Directors were Bert Sibugan of RBS taxi; Peter Hulmman of THUL taxi; Jonathan Gasendo of JCG; Raul Brodette of ARGENE taxi and Mario Eusebio of M2J3.
Outgoing president Fernando Latayan of San Nicolas taxi will serve as adviser.*CGS