LAOAG CITY – To improve the transportation system of the province, the provincial government of Ilocos Norte opened the Metro Ilocos Norte Council (MINC) gas station in front of the Centennial Arena on November 27 to grant a discount to operators of public utility vehicles (PUVs).
The MINC was launched in March this year to develop an integrated traffic management system to cater to people’s mobility needs and accommodate the increasing number of tourists in the province.
At the gas station, tricycle drivers with MINC card are given a P6.00 discount on gasoline (maximum of five liters a day); while jeepney drivers are given a P4.00 discount on diesel (maximum of 30 liters a day).
Cardholders are also given medical benefits, namely: a 10% discount at all Generika pharmacies, and life insurance from Philhealth, point-of-care.
MINC cards were already distributed to approximately 1,400 tricycle drivers. Cards are ready to be given to other tricycle and jeepney drivers as soon as they submit their pictures for processing.
“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,” Marcos said.
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 Perry Martinez said transport groups are expected to give the best services to the commuting public in return for the benefits given to them.
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,” the governor said.
During her State of the Province Address (SOPA) last August, Marcos presented the transportation masterplan for an integrated system of traffic management in the province – (With report from Mizpah Grace G. Castro, PGIN-CMO)