P50 Taxi Flagdown Rate Increase, Are You In?

P50 Taxi Flagdown Rate, is it needed? Who will benefit from this fare hike, the drivers or the operators? Commuters, drivers and operators alike are in commotion again due to the recent news that the basic taxi flagdown rate will be increased from P40 to P50. The common and immediate resort for the Philippine National Taxi Operators’ Association, with special mention of their main reason and concern: rising fuel prices.


The same reaction heard from those who use auto-liquefied petroleum gas or LPG. While fuel prices are shooting off at an alarming frequency, LPGs seem to join the craze.

This led to the popular outcry - increase the fare! The routine is predictable. Every increase of expenses on the part of the operators means the commuters to take the beating. In reality, there is more to putting all the weights on the riding public.

Not so long ago, Philippine's Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) approved of a P40-taxi flagdown hike. That was in December 2010. Prior to that, LPG prices were around P30. And just last month, the DoE or Department of Energy binded the said prices at P34.90.


There have been mixed reactions on this news outbreak. The fact that there are many factors that should be considered in dealing with the issue, like: wage, inflation, employment, budget allocation and so on, the demand for a more profitable industry is highly sought for.

There are also debates on who is going to benefit from this taxi fare increase via increased flagdown rate. Will it be the drivers or their respective operators? There is a fear that as the fares increase, the operators will eventually raise the boundaries that have to be paid by the drivers - An added burden to their already low wage earnings.

Who do you think is on the losing side and who's on the winning, the Drivers, Operators or the Passengers?

As much as this issue calls for a reliable analysis system and tool that can present factual evidences on who is really on the losing edges, any proposal pertaining to the increase in fare or flagdown rate for that matter, could be a product of pre-emptive and vague calculations.

Would you agree?

Are you in for the P50 Taxi flagdown rate increase in Metropolitan Manila?

Rough figures: www.rappler.com


26 comments:

  1. I can still remember the days when flag down was still 15 or 20 pesos. I worked abroad for 5 years now and I was very much surprised when I went home last 2010 and noticed that everything doubled up since I went away last 2007. I don't think these taxi operators or drivers could benefit from this. No one wants to take a taxi anymore if they'll raise it as high as 50 pesos.

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  2. No, I'm out. Yay naman kasi, ang taas na ng 50. Okay lang sana kung sa drivers mapupunta, kasi alam mong tulong yun, eh hindi naman. Parang pinapayaman mo lang yung operators lalo. Hahai.

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  3. Well.. honestly, okay lang po sa akin ang Php50 taxi fare. Yes, tumaas na sya.. pero I think you're paying for comfort.

    Kaya dapat lang sana, yung mga taxi, they should also check if the aircon units in their cars are working.. na dapat mabango ang loob ng kotse at hindi amoy sigarilyo. ganun..

    Opps.. sori, medyo lumayo ata ko sa topic. lol..

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  4. WAg sanang pabig-bigla. there must be a feasibility study first. Haysus!

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  5. And yet whenever there is an oil price rollback, the fare doesn't roll back. Unfair much? So I say the commuters are on the losing end of any price increase.

    (via FBW)
    http://chellelandia.blogspot.com/2012/03/day-6-part-1-city-called-infosys.html

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  6. haist ngayon pa lang parang 50 na rin angg flag down nila tapos bihira na sa mga taxi ang nagbibigay ng resibo! Ang lagi nila sinasabi naubusan na sila ng papel! KAINIS

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  7. I was watching the news and I heard one taxi driver say that he nets 500 to 800 pesos a day... a lot of workers don't even make that much... in the province, many businesses don't even pay minimum wage... kaya suwerte pa rin sila kung tutuusin... heck, I don't even make half of that in a day... O_o

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  8. 50 pesos for the flagdown rate???? nooooooo way!

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  9. That sucks! 50 bucks is already for a two-way trip sa Fx when going from home to work. Two days worth of pamasahe din kung magjee-jeep ako.

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  10. NO WAY! Grabe naman! Ang mahal sobra ha!

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  11. P50 is too much but what can we do .Whether we like it or not ,in or out ,they gonna do it anyway.

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  12. of course not. although i don't ride the taxi anymore. beside taxis having this definitive smell, i find the fare ridiculous.

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  13. grabe to ha.. 40 nga lg mahal na 50 pa? no please!

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  14. If it has to happen here in Davao, I would still feel the same but being an ordinary consumers, do we really have a voice?

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  15. never been a cabbie fan. i always manage to travel via jeep, bus, or walking!
    but thanks for sharing.

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  16. It's almost two decades that I immigrated, and the two times I was in the Philippines for a visit, I almost never rode a taxi but took jeepneys (if we were not travelling by car) because I felt it was the authentic way of experiencing how it is to be in (Manila) Philippines.

    This is the reason, I can't form an opinion about this matter. I do hope for the sake of the taxi drivers and the family they are taking care of that prices will be regulated not at their expense nor at the expense of their customers, who might be put off by the price hike and opt for other public transport instead.

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  17. Hala super increase talaga! Every month the prices of petrol will increase, the spare parts of the vehicle also increase. I think it would be fair for the motorist this flat rate. It's not easy being a jeepney or taxi driver in the Philippines.

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  18. definitely no but T___T

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  19. it's ok KUNG

    1. maayos ung taxi, last time ko umuwi culture shock ako kc sobrang old models na ung taxi parang di na makakarating sa pupuntahan, saka ung aircon eh me lamig kahit papano...

    2. maayos c taxi driver, kc d ka pa nga nkaka upo magpaparinig na ng dagdagan n lng kc malayo or malapit or matraffic or whatever

    dalawa lang naman conditions ko ;)

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  20. When the taxi flat rate started 40 I only consider them if there's an urgent. If 50? hay it seems totally forgetting na! Subra na talaga sila.

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  21. pag naimpliment, bka magdalawang isip na ako sumakay ng taxi... Yahweh bless

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  22. definitely, NO!!!!


    late visit here from Saturday ComEx in FBW.. :| pardon me :|

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  23. When I went home last October I was asked to pay 600+ for a taxi which will bring me to a place just quite near to the airport. Sad...but this is what Philippines is all about now. Everything costs much.

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  24. Great commenters:

    Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts on this pressing and timely issue regarding our transportation in the Philippines, particularly in the Mega Manila Area.

    With this comment, I am planning to make another post to feature exclusively all of your comments herein for a much better emphasis on your opinions and ideas on the taxi flagdown rate subject matter.

    Have a nice day to all and thanks for dropping by!

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  25. The blog post is pretty not agreeable at first thought. 50 pesos is a big money for a commuter, a simple citizen. I think people will not react negatively if and only if the compensation they're receiving can accommodate the proposed taxi fare hike, in all price hike actually.

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