THE Land Transportation Office (LTO)-Central Visayas will help motorcycle taxi drivers (habal-habal) drivers by addressing their issues on registration and licensing.
According to LTO-Central Visayas, this is to help the drivers integrate their services with the government-recognized ride-hailing and delivery platforms.
LTO-Central Visayas Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec had the chance to talk with the community leaders of the different habal-habal organizations in Cebu City.
Around 30 community leaders attended the meeting with Caindec, which was held at the LTO-Central Visayas Malasakit Service Center on N. Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City last Saturday, October 2, 2021.
Caindec promised to help all the community leaders and their members in the city by getting their driver's licenses and registering their motorcycle units.
He also said he wanted to help them apply on the existing and government-recognized ride-hailing and delivery platforms to help with their daily income.
Caindec said that these motorcycle taxis have become a major transportation factor in Cebu due to the undeniable traffic in the Metro.
"An initial meeting was conducted in our office and we thank these community leaders for their support for LTO 7. We vowed to help them before the year ends," he said.
A road safety education campaign was also conducted to inform the community leaders and their members on the dos and don'ts of a driver on the roads.
"Our public transport predicament has given rise to a demand for personal mobility. Consequently, over 68 percent of registered motor vehicles in the region are motorcycles," Caindec said.
Also present during the meeting were LTO-Central Visayas Acting Chief of the Operations Division Fernando Bustillos and LTO-Central Visayas Road Safety Focal Cianza Pearl Gutierrez.
LTO-Central Visayas said it has always been a partner of the motorcycle-riding community. In 2019, the first LTO-Central Visayas motorcycle unity ride was conducted where more than 1,500 motorcycle riders from the different motorcycle clubs and groups joined.
On December 13, 2020, LTO-Central Visayas also conducted the Malasakit Pamasko program, an early Christmas gift-giving activity of the agency, where motorcycle riders were surprised with gifts at the Transcentral Highway, Cebu, still in line with the agency's road safety advocacy. (PR)