Feature: The taxi is coming back
Roxas City (15 February) -- The local business chambers here are considering the proposal to revive the taxi as an alternative means of public land transport here to cater not only to the commuting public but also to tourists and visitors to the seafood capital of the Philippines.
A businessman had tried to operate a taxi fleet in this capital city in the 1970s but ceased the operation after a certain period, as his vehicles could not compete viably enough with the tricycles, presently the major transport mode here.
Jose Neri Ong, president of Capiz Halaran Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CHCCI), said some members of their group and the Roxas City Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCFCCCI) have expressed interest in investing in a taxi operation business to keep with the economic growth of Capiz province and its capital city.
The city chamber is headed by Leny Albert Apaitan.
He added that three more hotels will soon rise in the city, courtesy of local investors, to cater to the growing demand for hotel rooms.
Ong said the moves are their way of supporting the tourism development and promotion program of the province and city.
The two chambers sponsored a tour last February 9 of selected tourist attractions and destinations in the province in support to the tourism program of local government units and to see for themselves these come-ons.
The tour, arranged by San Mateo Travel and Tours Agency managed by Vicky A. Baes, took the members of the chambers and local media to the towns of Panay, Sigma and Ivisan which possess some of the province's major historical, cultural and ecological tourist come-ons.
The group was accompanied by Provincial Tourism Officer Alphonsus Tesoro and Roxas City Tourism Officer Rodolfo Maestro, Jr.
The operations of taxis and new hotels will become part of existing micro-small-medium enterprises (MSMEs) here that are being encouraged by government for their role as the backbone of economic activities in the countryside and for their contribution toward sustaining the Philippines ' economic growth.
Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Director-General Cerge Remonde, who is also the oversight official for MSMEs, stressed the important role played by MSMEs as he noted that 99.6 percent of all registered companies in the country belong to this sector and account for 70 percent of employment nationwide. (PIA-JSC) [top]