By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said on Monday he will recommend to President Duterte and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade that the pilot run for motorcycle taxis be continued.
Go made the commitment to mediate at the hearing of the Senate public services committee, chaired by Sen. Grace Poe, on various proposals to regulate motorcycle taxis. He said he is concerned over the DOTr-Technical Working Group’s (DOTr-TWG) plan to stop its pilot run on the motorcycle taxis.
“Madame Chair, I will recommend to the President and to Sec. Art Tugade the extension of the pilot program for motorcycle taxis, provided that they will abide and care for the safety of the passengers,” Go said in the hearing.
An ally of the President, Go said he will support the program in recognition of the benefits of the motorcycle taxis to the public.
“I will support the continuation of the program, and the amendments to RA (Republic Act No.) 4136 to include motorcycles as an alternative for public transport, because I recognize the benefits they provide to the commuting public,” Go said.
“Ang gusto ko lamang, ay gawin lahat ng maayos (All I want is that everything be done in an orderly manner) and most importantly, maprotektahan ang interest ng (to protect the interest of the) commuting public.”
According to Go, he will always be a “strong supporter of private companies,” saying they are important partners of the government in providing quality and safe goods and services.
He urged the government to carefully study Congress’ proposal to regulate motorcycle taxis through the pilot program.
“Ultimately, we also want to find out whether or not opening the program to other participants would be beneficial to the public. After all, the primordial consideration of our laws should always be the interest of the Filipino people,” he said.
“There is no doubt that the business of public transportation is imbued with public interest. It is the reason why we are here, and it is also the reason why we are adamant that only those qualified under existing laws, and capable of ensuring the safety of the public, be allowed to operate.”