LAOAG CITY, July 21 (PIA) - The arrival of 15 brand-new metered taxi units in Ilocos Norte on July 16 shall provide an extra option for transport passengers to be given a more convenient and safer ride.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Region 1 presented the 15 cabs during the modern public utility vehicle (PUV) caravan at the Robinsons Place in San Nicolas town.
The caravan aims to feature the modern PUVs in support to the flagship program of the Duterte administration -- the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program.
According to LTFRB Regional Director Nasrudin Talipasan, the flag down rate is poised at P40, which is similar to Metro Manila rate.
"Since July 1, we have started launching the modern PUV caravan in various regions," Talipasan said.
For those who would like to apply for additional taxi franchise, application is on a first-come-first-served basis.
"Whoever comes first with complete requirements will be given franchise," the regional director emphasized.
Further, he said the initial approval of the 15 taxi units may be given more as the demand increases.
He encourages stakeholders in the province to support and adapt to the modernization programs on public utilities for the improvement of the transport system in the country.
"This is more convenient for us, especially those who are working on a night-shift. We will feel much safer," Ian Renzy Marcelo, a daily commuter, said. (AMB/MJTAB/PIA 1-Ilocos Norte)