Bayron vetoes ordinance on registration of private tricycles
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.