Taxi Drivers Should get organized now! (Part 2)

Therefore, this idea should be considered as a part of the government’s poverty alleviation program.

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Caught in this situation, taxi drivers have become victims of moneyed people setting themselves up as “taxi operators” and renting taxi cabs out to drivers for a daily payment or boundary of 1,500 pesos.

A driver obtaining a car under this system for, say, six days a week will pay the taxi operator no less than 36,000 pesos a month from his daily earnings besides paying for gasoline and other operating cost. This being the situation, taxi drivers remain perpetually in poverty and unable to extricate themselves from the clutches of taxi operators without a helping hand.

This is a sector that deserves the government’s priority attention. This sector deserves to be included in Duterte administration’s poverty alleviation initiatives.

The way to proceed, perhaps, is the government extending some limited and temporary support for organizing a taxi drivers’ association that can design a financing scheme which will help free taxi drivers from franchise owners’ stranglehold and move towards economic wellbeing.

As taxi drivers are not daily-wage workers or salaried employees, an Association rather than a Union is an ideal umbrella for them. The Association as a community enterprise can establish local chapters in Metro Manila, Metro Davao, Metro Cebu and other cities and towns where taxis are a significant transport component.

The primary objective of the association should be to help free taxi drivers from the prevailing usury operations they are victims of and improve their economic condition.
Therefore, this idea should be considered as a part of the government’s poverty alleviation program.

When the taxi drivers are organized as an association for improving their economic condition, the association can also become a platform for various other programs.

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About the Author
Gil Ramos has worked both in the Philippines and the United States. In the Philippines, Ramos has worked as Staff Economist in the Policy Office of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), a lecturer at the Development Academy of the Philippines, and as consultant with the Senate, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Office of Special Concerns Malacanang, and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

In the United States, he has been consultant at the State of Florida’s Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as Social Security Administration in Washington DC, and a number of private enterprises, including Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Blue Shield of California, Sanofi-Aventis, Bristol Myers Squibb, Yale New Haven Health Systems, Amgen Inc., Reader’s Digest, and Marriott Hotel Corporate HQ. Ramos has also served as an economist with the National Council for Compensation Insurance. His experience in the US in both the public and private sectors has been focused on finance like the stock and commodity markets , banking, the insurance industry, and the financial market analysis for the the Pharma industry. Dr. Ramos has also worked with IBM and SAS, the leaders in the field of Big Data Analytics in the United States.
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