PGIN launches MINC gas station, grants discount to PUV drivers

Dec 02, 2015 ...

In line with its aim of improving the transportation system of the province, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) opened the Metro Ilocos Norte Council (MINC) gas station in front of the Centennial Arena on November 27 to grant a discount to PUV operators.

The MINC was established in March to develop an integrated traffic management system to cater to people's mobility needs and accommodate the increasing number of tourists in the province.

The need to prepare for the increasing number of vehicles and people needing ease of transportation arose as a result of observing the worsening traffic conditions in major Metro Manila roads, according to Governor Imee Marcos.

At the gas station, tricycle drivers will receive a six-Peso discount on gasoline (maximum of five liters a day); meanwhile, jeepney drivers will get a four-Peso discount on diesel (maximum of 30 liters a day).

Approximately 1,400 tricycle drivers already possess the MINC card required to avail of the discount. Cards will be under way for all other tricycle and jeepney drivers as soon as they are able to submit their pictures for processing.

Cardholders will also receive medical benefits, namely: a 10% discount at all Generika pharmacies, and life insurance from Philhealth, point-of-care.

"Dapat may free parking para sa jeep at sa ating tricycle. Ang transport ay dugo ng katawan ng probinsiya… Kung walang tumataglay sa mga ugat, walang kumikilos. Wala ring buhay… Tulong-tulong tayo, kasi kinakailangan talagang tumaglay itong sinasabing transport, or dugo ng ating katawang probinsiya," said Governor Marcos.

On November 5, PGIN through MINC conducted a transport group seminar at the Mariano Marcos State University-Teatro Ilocandia in the City of Batac, to train PUV drivers and promote unity among them.

PGIN also recently centralized jeepney terminals into the west parking lot of the capitol in order to lessen traffic brought by unorganized terminal locations.

The MINC Night Express was also launched for tourists and commuters who need to travel at night.

MINC Night Express Head Mr. Perry Martinez had said, "In return for the benefits given to the transport groups, they are expected to give the best services for the commuter sector."

Governor Marcos echoed this, urging drivers to pass on the MINC card discount to students and senior citizens through exercising the spirit of "kaliwaan” (looking after the well-being of people around oneself).

"Hindi kayo nagkakalayo sa amin, sa mga opisyal ng gobyerno, kawani sa capitol -- serbisyo publiko rin."

During her State of the Province Address last August, she presented the transportation plan for the province: "We hired Parsons and Brinckerhoff, the leading transport planners, to masterplan an integrated system of traffic management, signaling pedestrian facilities. Traffic lights from the Road Board are overdue at the Laoag Airport Road, Laoag-Paoay Road, the Burgos Junction, the Bacarra fork and the Pinili Tri-Boundary." 

by Mizpah Grace Castro



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