‘Ha­bal-ha­bal’ may go mo­bile in Cebu City

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Jose Santino S. Bu­na­chita RE­PORTER

CEBU City res­i­dents may soon be able to hail mo­tor­cyles-for-hire or ha­bal-ha­bal driv­ers through their cell phones.

De­spite a warn­ing from an of­fi­cial of the Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB), the Cebu City gov­ern­ment is adamant in pur­su­ing the pro­gram in the city.

Ar­nel Tanc­inco, the mayor’s ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant as­signed to look into the city’s ha­bal-ha­bal in­dus­try, said even if the LTFRB has its reg­u­la­tions over ve­hi­cles, the city also has the power to is­sue per­mits based on the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code.

“As to who has the au­thor­ity, it’s the na­tional gov­ern­ment as far as mo­tor ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing mo­tor­cy­cles. For me, it’s the DOTr (Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion). I have doubts if LTFRB has au­thor­ity over mo­tor­cy­cles but if they in­sist, I don’t ar­gue and I don’t con­tra­dict,” he said.

“But we have to be clear that the city also, based on the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code, has the au­thor­ity to is­sue per­mits. So we will be in­vok­ing that,” Tanc­inco said.

His re­ac­tion came after LTFRB board mem­ber Aileen Lizada said the trans­port ser­vice net­work Uber can­not roll out its UberMoto in Cebu since they are not com­pli­ant with the agency’s terms and con­di­tions for a trans­port net­work com­pany (TNC).

In an In­quirer re­port, Lizada also cited safety and fare is­sues that have yet to be ap­proved by the agency.

UberMoto will al­low peo­ple to book mo­tor­cy­cle rides us­ing a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion.

Tanc­inco ear­lier an­nounced that at least three of these providers have started vis­it­ing City Hall ask­ing to im­ple­ment the fea­ture. Aside from UberMoto, Grab Ex­press and Angkas also plan to roll out the ser­vice in Cebu.

But since Lizada’s com­ment was ad­dressed to UberMoto, Tanc­inco said the other two may still be able to push through.

He said though that be­fore these providers can start their ser­vice in the city, the city gov­ern­ment will still have to pass an or­di­nance al­low­ing this ser­vice in the city.

Tanc­inco said Mayor Tomas Os­meña had been sup­port­ive of the ha­bal-ha­bal in­dus­try in the city in­clud­ing lev­el­ing up their oper­a­tions through Uber, Grab and Angkas.

Tanc­inco held an ori­en­ta­tion with some ha­bal-ha­bal driv­ers in City Hall to in­tro­duce to them the pro­pos­als of the three com­pa­nies.

He said it is up to the driv­ers if they are in­ter­ested to ap­ply for the pro­gram. Delfin Adolfo of the Cebu City Riders wel­comed the pro­posal.

“We don’t have a prob­lem with this. It’s good. But it will de­pend on the driv­ers if they want it,” he said.

Their group has over 3,000 mem­bers in 49 dif­fer­ent barangays in both the north and south districts of Cebu City.

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