Many netizens are complaining of the alleged poorly regulated taxi fares in Subic Bay. Concerned residents and tourists have been posting blogs and comments on how overpriced goods and services, including transportation fees, are in the area. One of them is a concerned resident who wrote a brief opinion piece on a popular website for tourists. Whilst many agree to the anonymous poster’s opinion, others refute his/her claim. Some of the dissenters even commented the writer should “appreciate the beauty of your place” than questioning the inflated prices in the area.
Tourism and economic hub worth visiting
Without question, Subic Bay is a beauty that needs to be seen. A former US naval base, this strategic place had been preserved by American troops before they left the area in 1992. Aside from the strategic properties of the area, it is also opulently blessed with picturesque landscapes and seascapes as well as rich natural resources. Being nestled in a virgin tropical forest and a historical body of water, this place has become a favourite tourist site in Central Luzon. No wonder, it is one of the rising tourism spots in the Philippines today.
Subic Bay is also a popular venue for commerce and trade. After the area was converted into a special economic zone, it has become a place-to-be for big-time international investors. Because of this, the current administration has included the area in its list of priority cities that will benefit from the massive infrastructure program that aims to transform the country into an economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia.
Poor taxi fare Subic Bay system
Despite being a favoured tourism and economic venue, many residents here complain of poor implementation of taxi fare matrix. Taxicabs are the most popular mode of transportation inside the Freeport, especially to foreigners. As such, some taxi drivers grab this opportunity by operating without meters. As newbies in the area, foreigners have no idea on the flag-down rate being implemented by the local government. The standard P50 taxi fare Subic Bay upon flag-down is blatantly changed to P100 or even more.
Even though this issue has been raised by netizens on many blogs, forums and social media channels, local authorities are still seemingly deaf to their pleas. Worse, with the impending petition to raise the flag-down rate higher, netizens expect unscrupulous drivers to further overcharge their foreign passengers without suffering any fines and penalties for overcharging from government officials.
Whilst the Philippines is known by foreigners as a country teeming with corrupt officials, netizens hope and pray that Subic Bay will be spared from them. If local authorities indeed are one with the current administration in its vision of making the former US naval base a driver of economic and tourism growth in the country, they should strictly enforce standard and legal taxi fares in Subic Bay.