Thursday, June 22, 2006

B'non transport group slams bus firm for breaking agreement

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY ( AMOR BARLISAN / June 21) ORGANIZED public vehicle operators and drivers yesterday called on Bukidnon Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri to step in and act on a complaint against the bus company Super 5 for alleged "undercharging."

The group’s lawyer, Eleazer Boycillo, urged Zubiri and other Bukidnon officials to act because the firm allegedly failed to comply with an agreement against undercharging signed by Super 5 owners Paul and Marieta Padayhag.

Boycillo said the ‘‘covenant’’ was made after Zubiri initiated a negotiation in Malaybalay on Nov. 7, 2005.

He accused Super 5 of sabotaging the local transport industry.

A complaint against the Padayhags has been filed before the Land Transportaion Franchising and Regulatory Board in connection with the alleged fare undercharging.

The Bukidnon Operators and Drivers Association (Boda), Vans-for-Hire Operators in Bukidnon (VHO), and Northern Bukidnon Transport Service Cooperative (BTSC) recently filed another complaint against Super 5 for ‘‘willfully and maliciously’’ violating the LTFRB’s passenger fare matrix.

"Not only did they violate the fare matrix, they also broke the ‘covenant’ that we have signed in front of Gov. Zubiri," Boycillo said.

He said what Super 5 allegedly did was and insult and ‘‘a slap on Zubiri’s face.’’

Boycillo said operators and driver of small public vehicles in Bukidnon were adversely affected. He said the practice of undercharging posed unfair competition and it ‘‘is killing the transport undustry.’’

"We have been suffering from this undercharging by Super 5 since 1992," Boycillo said.

"We want the immediate intervention of local government officials otherwise, we won’t survive," Boycillo added.

A similar complaint has been aired against Super 5 by transport groups in Iligan, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental. The groups have threatened to paralyze much of the public transportation in this part of the country unless the LTFRB acts on a complaint against the bus company.

The LTFRB has set a pre-hearing of the case against Super 5 on June 30.

"If the LTFRB fails, we will joining Iligan and Lanao del Norte groups in their plan to stage a strike," Boycillo said.

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