Puerto Coun­cil wants le­niency for trikes on nat'l roads

Palawan News - - ENVIRONMENT - By Gil­lian Faye Ibañez Re­porter

Tri­cy­cle driv­ers in Puerto Princesa City may get a sigh of re­lief on be­ing ar­rested if the Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG) will grant a re­quest not to pro­hibit them from ply­ing the na­tional roads

Coun­cilor Rolando Amu­rao, chair of the Com­mit­tee on Trans­porta­tion of the City Coun­cil, said he will try to in­ter­vene and ask for le­niency so they could still drive on na­tional high­ways and con­vey pas­sen­gers.

“Susu­lat tayo sa DILG na i-ex­empt tayo sa or­der na ‘yan. Kausapin natin na i-ex­empt tayo pansaman­tala, pwede rin na i-ex­empt tayo pansa-mata­gal,” Amu­rao said on Fri­day.

The coun­cilor is­sued the state­ment dur­ing a fo­rum with dif­fer­ent tri­cy­cle op­er­a­tors and driv­ers as­so­ci­a­tions (TODA).

Amu­rao said he will ask the help of DILG Sec. Ed­uardo Año be­cause of a re­cent or­der that lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) will now en­force the ban­ning of tri­cy­cles and pedi­cabs on na­tional roads.

Puerto Princesa City is not yet ready to re­move them, he said.

“Kasi ku­lang pa ang at­ing mga four-wheels na pam­pase­hero para i-ac­com­mo­date ang at­ing mga pasa­hero. Ang maar­ing mag-sakrip­isyo nito ay ang mga pasa­hero lalo na sa oras ng labasan sa mga paar­alan,” he pointed out.

He said the city has an ex­ist­ing or­di­nance al­low­ing tri­cy­cles to ply the na­tional high­ways pro­vided they re­main in the outer lanes.

The so­lu­tion will most likely be tem­po­rary be­cause the im­ple­men­ta­tion that bans them from the na­tional high­ways cov­ers the whole coun­try, Amu­rao said.

He ad­vised the tri­cy­cle op­er­a­tors to mod­ern­ize in com­pli­ance with the E-jeep project for pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles (PUVs).

They are more eco­nom­i­cal and pro-en­vi­ron­ment as they do not emit smoke.

“Ang gob­y­erno ay may pro­grama ngayon sa mod­ern­iza­tion at itong mga E-Jeep ay five years to pay. Su­mali na kayo sa mga coop. Mag-E-Jeep na kayo, da­han-da­han na tay­ong mag-up­grade. Ito rin ay pa­bor sa Palawan kasi en­vi­ron­ment–friendly at walang usok. Ang mga tri­cy­cles ninyo ay pwede n’yo nang ibenta sa mga barangay na malayo sa na­tional high­way, kasi darat­ing din ang pana­hon na tatang­galin sa high­way ang mga tri­cy­cles” he said.

Dur­ing the fo­rum, op­er­a­tors aired their con­cern like ac­ces­si­bil­ity and the con­di­tions of the in­ner roads.

“Ang mga ip­inaabot ng mga TODA natin ay ang pag­pa­pasaayos ng mga la­gu­san sa looban para sa mga kalsada na doon mag-op­er­ate ang mga tri­cy­cles at hindi na sa na­tional high­way,” he said.

Ear­lier, Año is­sued an or­der to ban tri­cy­cles and pedi­cabs from na­tional high­ways cit­ing speed con­flicts.

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