Gov. Manotoc pushes for revival of MINC


Aug. 08, 2019 ...

Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc plans to revive the Metro Ilocos Norte Council (MINC) to ensure safer and more efficient transport sector.

An initiative of former Ilocos Norte Governor, now Senator Imee R. Marcos, MINC was established to develop an integrated traffic management system and to streamline the transport sector by coordinating with public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators throughout the province.

One of its benefits is a membership and insurance card in one that entails holders to discounts at a few establishments, including point-of-care accident insurance in light of the hazard of their livelihood.

Cardholders are also entitled to a discounted rate of gas or diesel; likewise, official vehicles of the PGIN and municipal and city governments were able to avail of this service.

Moreover, MINC also established the Night Express to ensure safe and reliable night time transportation. Additional allowance was given to PUV drivers as an incentive, with extra rides and routes offered during peak tourism seasons such as during Holy Week and Christmas vacation.

In addition to prioritizing members' welfare, the program allowed the commuters to save on transportation expenses.

"We will bring back our MINC. We will update it," Gov. Manotoc remarked.

Furthermore, the PGIN through MINC Representative Mr. Perry Martinez, tapped the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to study and devise an effective scheme to address the traffic situation along business centers in San Nicolas and Laoag City.

"The MMDA agreed to send a team to Ilocos Norte to study our traffic situation. Hopefully, after we evaluate our traffic situation, we can implement our solutions," he ended.