Bay­ron ve­toes or­di­nance on reg­is­tra­tion of pri­vate tri­cy­cles

Palawan News - - CITY - By Ger­ardo Reyes Jr Re­porter

Puerto Princesa Mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron re­jected an or­di­nance re­quir­ing own­ers to reg­is­ter their pri­vately-owned tri­cy­cles with the Puerto Princesa City Traf­fic Man­age­ment Of­fice (CTMO).

In a let­ter to the City Coun­cil on Mon­day, Bay­ron said his de­ci­sion to veto the or­di­nance is based on the fact that tri­cy­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles with side­cars are not un­der the city govern­ment’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

The mat­ter is ul­tra vires which means be­yond the city’s scope and author­ity, he said.

Bay­ron pointed out in the let­ter that it is the Land Trans­porta­tion Of­fice (LTO) that has ju­ris­dic­tion over them.

If a new reg­is­tra­tion is im­posed, he said it would be a du­pli­ca­tion of du­ties and func­tions be­ing per­formed by the LTO.

Coun­cilor Rolando Amu­rao, chair­man of the com­mit­tee on trans­porta­tion and the au­thor of the or­di­nance, said the term “reg­is­tra­tion of pri­vate tri­cy­cles” may have been mis­tak­enly un­der­stood by the chief ex­ec­u­tive since the real in­ten­tion of the or­di­nance is to have a list for ref­er­ence.

“What we want is only a list of pri­vate tri­cy­cles in Puerto Princesa. We do not [want to] grab the du­ties of the LTO. It’s not re­ally in our power. Wala po sa at­ing ju­ris­dic­tion ang pag-reg­is­ter ng tri­cy­cles. Our in­ten­tion is the data­base at hindi natin in­aa­gaw sa LTO ang pag-re­histro, we only want the list be­cause we don’t have the num­bers of pri­vate tri­cy­cles in the city. Mahi­rap ang at­ing pag­pla-plano,” he said.

Amu­rao said he wants the or­di­nance re­turned to his com­mit­tee for fur­ther re­view.

Pri­vate tri­cy­cles uti­lized by mi­cro-busi­ness­men and traders for mo­bile sales, de­liv­ery of prod­ucts, and ser­vices, such as hard­ware and con­struc­tion sup­plies, gro­ceries and dry goods, agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, live­stock, frozen prod­ucts, food, and wa­ter are cov­ered by the mea­sure.

He added the own­ers of these pri­vate tri­cy­cles are re­quired to sub­mit of­fi­cial re­ceipts (OR) and cer­tifi­cates of reg­is­tra­tion (CR) to the CTMO, as well as barangay clear­ance, com­mu­nity tax, and ex­ist­ing busi­ness per­mits, if ap­pli­ca­ble.

Records show that Puerto Princesa City has 6,250 tri­cy­cles with fran­chises of which about 4,000 op­er­ates within the city proper and 2,250 in the out­ly­ing barangays.

Amu­rao said the doc­u­men­ta­tion of the pri­vate tri­cy­cles will help the CTMO de­vise schemes and other plans that are ben­e­fi­cial to them too, and the pub­lic in gen­eral.

Coun­cilor Ne­sario Awat be­lieves Bay­ron’s re­jec­tion of the or­di­nance was due to mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mis­un­der­stand­ing of the terms of reg­is­tra­tion.

He said the in­ten­tion of the or­di­nance “is good and the data of the pri­vate tri­cy­cles is need- ed in com­ing up with de­ci­sions to man­age and con­trol the traf­fic in the city.”

He added that dur­ing the de­lib­er­a­tion for the or­di­nance and con­duct of pub­lic hear­ings, no ob­jec­tion was heard from the own­ers of the pri­vate tri­cy­cles.

“If we will have the data, there will be plan­ning and man­age­ment on how the CTMO will han­dle pri­vate tri­cy­cles. The power of the LTO is sep­a­rate and dis­tinct from this pro­posed or­di­nance. Nagka­roon lang ng mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Tama lang na iba­lik ito sa kanyang com­mit­tee,” Awat said.

Amu­rao said he wants to ex­plain to the mayor that the in­ten­tion of the or­di­nance, claim­ing that the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) is also en­cour­ag­ing ve­hi­cle own­ers to sub­mit copies of their OR/CR in ex­change for stick­ers.

Only op­po­si­tion coun­cilor Peter Maris­tela ex­pressed sup­port for Bay­ron’s move to re­ject the or­di­nance.

Maris­tela sug­gested over­rid­ing the veto by two third votes but the City Coun­cil moved to re­turn it to the trans­porta­tion com­mit­tee.

City Coun­cilor Vic­tor Oliv­eros said there is a need to re­fine the or­di­nance and there is no need to over­ride the veto of the mayor.

“Mas ma­g­a­nda na ito ay iba­ba­lik lang sa com­mit­tee. Baka may kailan­gang maisaayos. Walang masama na­man na ito ay iba­lik doon at ma­iayos,” Oliv­eros said.

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