MANILA - Transport regulators will hold a dialogue with ride-sharing drivers on Tuesday following the latter's protest on authorities' allegedly difficult policies and ban on hatchbacks.
Jun de Leon, chairman of the Metro Manila Hatchback Community, said they have sought to discuss the issues with Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Martin Delgra since March.
"Sa kabila ng ating panawagan eh mukhang sarado siya. Pero nagset kasi siya ng dialogue bukas," he told radio DZMM.
(It seems he is not open to our appeal. But he set a dialogue for tomorrow [Tuesday].)
"Marso pa kami humihingi ng dialogue sa kanya. Sa katunayan nga hindi tinanggap 'yung aming sulat sa kaniya upang humingi ng dialogue."
(We've been asking him for a dialogue since March. The LTFRB did not accept our letter to him asking for a dialogue.)
De Leon said they mailed their letter to LTFRB through a courier instead because its office would not accept the letter.
Thousands of transport network vehicle services are set to go offline from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to demand the lifting of an LTFRB ban on hatchbacks and remove policies that are making it difficult for ride-sharing drivers to get permits to operate.
These include requirements such as a certificate of bank conformity for drivers whose cars are being financed by bank loans, which De Leon said costs as much as P149,000, while other banks refuse to issue such.
He also said the LTFRB has made the process more difficult for drivers by adding more requirements every day.
"Araw-araw po halos nagpapalit ng sistema doon. Nagdadagdag ng requirements, nakakalito ho sa TNVS drivers and operators po 'yan," he said.
(The LTFRB changes its system almost every day, adding requirements which are confusing to TNVS drivers and operators.)
"Pupunta po doon napakahaba ng pila. Pagdating po ay kulang pala ang requirement dahil dinagdagan pala."
(Drivers go there and wait for the long queue. When they get there they find out they don't have all the requirements because the LTFRB added more.)
Former LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada, who attended the protest to talk with the TNVS drivers, said government is making efforts to address the issues.
"We need thresh out all of these things kasi nakasalalay ho yung hanapbuhay ng mga tao dito (because people's livelihood depend on this)," she said.