Moratorium on expansion of MC taxi ops in NCR sought amid traffic woes | Inquirer News

Moratorium on expansion of MC taxi ops in NCR sought amid traffic woes

/ 09:02 PM March 20, 2024

MC taxi moratorium sought

MANILA, Philippines – In a compelling address during the Committee on Metro Manila Development hearing, Manila  3rd District Rep. Joel Chua delivered a resolute call for a moratorium on the expansion of motorcycle taxi firms in Metro Manila.

Focused on the detrimental effects of unchecked growth on traffic congestion and an increasing number of motorcycle road accidents, Chua’s impassioned plea resonated with attendees grappling with the city’s mounting challenges.


Therefore the need for expansion should be considered outside the metropolis.


At the heart of Chua’s address was the pressing need to alleviate Metro Manila’s suffocating traffic.

Employing the mantra “Walang Dagdag, Kung Walang Bawas” (“No Addition, If No Reduction”), he urged regulatory bodies—including the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and Land Transportation Office (LTO) to halt the proliferation of new MC Taxi players in Metro Manila.

“Every additional vehicle exacerbates our traffic crisis,” Chua emphasized.

‘Protecting backbone of transpo network’

Chua also  sounded the alarm on the adverse impact of unchecked expansion on traditional transport sectors, such as jeepneys and tricycles.

He highlighted the indispensable role these modes of transportation play in the livelihoods of countless Filipinos, warning against policies that would undermine their viability.

Chua said there is a crucial need to protect the livelihoods of those who have long served as the backbone of Metro Manila’s transportation network.


Representatives from the National Public Transport Coalition, Pasang Masda, Laban TNVS, Motorcycle Rights Organization, Digital Pinoys, and even some taxi drivers echoed the call of Chua to issue the moratorium on adding new MC taxi players to help decongest Metro Manila traffic, help improve their livelihood.

“Kung papayagan po natin ng papayagan na dumami, hindi natin masusolusyunan yung traffic, hindi natin masusolusyunan yung puno’t-dulo ng mga aksidente,” said Digital Pinoys National Campaigner Ronald Gustilo.

Meanwhile, Laban TNVS president Jun de Leon said the expansion of MC Taxi players has greatly affected their livelihood.

“Ang dami sa aming hanay ng TNVS na nag-aantay na lang ng booking ng pasahero sa ilalim ng puno ng manga. Ramdam na ramdam namin ang tumal ng pasahero,” he said.  

In advocating for a moratorium, Chua issued a stern rebuke against proposals that prioritize profit over the well-being of commuters and the preservation of traditional transport jobs.

He called for a shift in focus towards supporting existing transport sectors, rather than introducing additional competition that would further erode their livelihoods.

The LTFRB said they will reply to the suggested moratorium, as well as a position paper regarding the issues raised within seven days.

As the hearing drew to a close, Chua’s impassioned plea reverberated throughout the chamber, igniting a renewed sense of urgency among attendees.

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With unity of purpose, stakeholders departed the session with a shared commitment to champion policies that prioritize the easing of traffic congestion and the preservation of traditional transport livelihoods—a commitment that Chua pledged to uphold steadfastly for the betterment of all.

In the face of Metro Manila’s mounting challenges, Chua’s call for a moratorium on transport expansion serves as a rallying cry for a more sustainable and equitable future—one where the needs of commuters and traditional transport workers are prioritized.

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