Passengers are helpless in raising their complaint for the reduction of fares. It has been noted that fuel prices had been reduced several times, but prices of goods and services that has been linked to fuel prices had remained at old levels.
It is ironic that oil producers, refiners and dealers had been using fuel prices as their yardstick to set the rates that they charge from passengers and the cargoes that are transported by the riding public.
Unfortunately, the use of fuel prices in determining the validity fare increases had been one-sided, to the detriment of the riding public. It is a fact that passengers are a loose lot, sharing similar observations, sentiments and grievances vis-à-vis the cost of transportation. But there simply is no way to muster strength to show a united stand on issues affecting their lot. What is audible are murmurs from individuals who are united in their grievance but could not gather a forceful stance on their predicament.
Unlike transport groups which are organized to push for their collective demands, passengers cannot gather a similar united force to press for their demands as well. After complaining in murmurs and unpleasant comments about their shared observation that fares remain costly despite the several rollbacks of fuel prices.
It is for this unjust predicament that the riding public is in that government intervention is urgently needed. Passengers of public transportation are incapable of pooling their forces to press for their collective demand of reducing fares every time there is a reduction in fuel prices.
Government has to formulate policy protecting the interest of the riding public by setting standards and an automatic mechanism that will allow fare reduction without demand, for as long as there is reduction of fuel prices. No one must be fearful of an automatic fare fall.
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