PRES. CARLOS P. GARCIA, Bohol – Single motorcycle-for-hire or commonly called “Habal-habal” is the only mode of land transportation residents relied on in this island-town. But it’s label as the king of the road is dwarfed by unstable income drivers earned from their daily grind. Incomes derived from the “fixed” rate per travel from barangay Popoo, where the wharf is located to town proper more than five kilometers away are indeed precarious, a member of Habal-habal association, said in an interview. Arnel Daigan said that it’s good when there’s fiesta nearby or fiesta somewhere in Ubay because people travel so they have chance to ferry passengers and earn.Monday could be a good day for “Habal-habal” drivers since islanders used to cross the narrow channel from this wharf to Tapal port to shop in Ubay town’s old-fashioned market day.
Daigan also drives his own motorcycle to ferry from and to this wharf in barangay Popoo where he serves as incumbent councilor. It’s not enough to be just a barangay official he has to do other income generating venture, Daigan who is member of the association, said. Another member said that it looks like they can hardly adjust to accommodate each member to queue for his next turn to drive passengers to their destinations everyday. This is because there are 47 drivers with about sixty motorcycles but only few passengers to ferry.
He said that this is better than nothing can be done. Meanwhile, motorized or pumpboats are scheduled for “turns” in ferrying passengers across the channel — from Popoo on CPG side to Tapal wharf, Ubay. There are only three of more than 20 boats are allowed to ferry passengers everyday, an operator said. He said Monday would a lucky day. But the rest of the weekdays may not, he said.