Investigative Journalism: Tricycle Fare Matrix

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FIRST ASIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANITIES
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

MATRIX OF A [FARE] MATRIX
An Investigative Report on the Implementation of the Tricycle Fare Matrix

Maechelle M. Piol
Raphael J. Balbaboco

Mr. Franco Emman Von Cena
Instructor, Writing for Print

OCTOBER 2010
THE OBSERVATION

There are three tricycle lines at FAITH; each making their own fare matrix. For a single passenger trip, drivers would ask for 20 pesos. As they would say it, “Bente ang alisan namin sa pila.”

For a full-seat passenger trip, drivers would ask for 10 pesos per commuter. Basically, a tricycle can carry 6 people – the driver, three passengers inside and two more at the back of the driver. If this is the case, a 10-peso fare per commuter would amount to 50 pesos, 30-peso richer than their 20-peso “alisan” fare.

But as all we know, students are privileged of a 20% fare discount which means that their 10-peso fare should only be 8 pesos.

As students, we have personally experienced such cases and this situation kept us wondering, “How do these drivers decide how much to ask from their passengers? Do they use the prescribed tricycle fare matrix provided by the city municipal office? Are they taking unfair advantage of students?”

THE SIDE OF THE STUDENTS

Let’s do the Math.

If the minimum fare of Tanauan is 10 pesos, and a typical student goes to school five times a week, his fare expense would go by this equation:

10 pesos (minimum fare) x 5 (number of school days) x 2 (going to and from school) = 100 pesos in a week

If a student spends 100 pesos for fare in a week, that would be, 400 pesos in a month and 4,800 pesos in a year.

But if tricycle drivers implement the 20% fare discount for students, a student’s fare expense would come by this equation:

8 pesos (minimum fare) x 5 (number of school days) x 2 (going to and from school) = 80 pesos in a week

That’s a 20-peso difference in a week, 80-peso in a month and 960-peso disparity in a year. It is safe to say that the 2-peso discount makes a big difference. THE SIDE OF THE DRIVERS

According to the members of Darasa Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA), the minimum tricycle fare in Tanauan City is 10 pesos. Implying the 20% fare discount, students, senior citizens and disabled people would pay 8 pesos only. (please see attached document)

The drivers from the said TODA ask for 20 pesos for a single passenger trip. According to them, a TODA works in a “punuan” basis. “Punuan” means a tricycle can only run if all seats are occupied. In such case of a single passenger ride, the commuter needs to pay for the unoccupied seats of the tricycle.

But in a full-seat passenger trip, they ask for 10 pesos each passenger. Technically, whether of their knowledge or not, they are not implementing the 20% fare discount. On their defense, they said that most passengers don’t wait for the change that is why most people are used to paying 10 pesos as the minimum fare.

Let’s do the Math again.

If the minimum fare of Tanauan is 10 pesos, a tricycle follows the “punuan” way and carries 5 student passengers, a driver’s single trip would go by this equation:

10 pesos (minimum fare) x 5 (maximum number of passengers in a tricycle) = 50 pesos in a single trip

But if tricycle drivers implement the 20% fare discount for students, a driver’s single trip in a week would come by this equation:

8 pesos (minimum fare) x 5 (maximum number of passengers in a tricycle ) = 40 pesos in a single trip

That’s still a 10-peso difference in single trip. Who will not take advantage of that?

THE INVESTIGATION

According to Mr. Antonio Jaurige, Chairman of the Tricycle Federation of Tanauan City, a TODA shall be registered first before operation. The following are needed for the registration: by-laws of the association, certification from the Barangay Captain, master list of the association’s members and...
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