PPC faces dilemma in na­tional road trike ban

Palawan News - - FRONT PAGE - By Ger­ardo Reyes Jr. Re­porter

Cur­rently, the city govern­ment has an es­ti­mated 6,250 tri­cy­cle fran­chise hold­ers ply­ing city roads and na­tional high­ways al­ter­nately via a color cod­ing scheme.

The Puerto Princesa City govern­ment is fac­ing a dilemma in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the tri­cy­cle ban on na­tional roads that the Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG) re­it­er­ated re­cently be­cause of an ex­ist­ing or­di­nance that al­lowed them to use the outer lanes.

Re­nato Javares, lo­cal govern­ment op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer VI of the DILG in the city, said Wed­nes­day that DILG Mem­o­ran­dum Cir­cu­lar 2007-01 dated Jan­uary 2, 2007, can­not be im­ple­mented yet due to City Or­di­nance No. 838 ap­proved on Au­gust 11, 2017.

“Yon ang ba­sis nila (mga tri­cy­cles) ang or­di­nance na nag-al­low sa kanila kaya they are there in the high­way. The na­tional law is al­ready there. Da­pat gawin na ‘to. Alam natin na bawal ta­laga ‘yan but there is an or­di­nance al­low­ing them to stay there. Kaya ‘yan ay hindi pa ma­pa­p­atu­pad sa Puerto [Princesa City],” he said.

Javarez said re­mov­ing them from the na­tional roads for safety rea­sons is nec­es­sary, but the City Coun­cil may al­low them if it can­not find al­ter­na­tive routes for them.

Cur­rently, the city govern­ment has an es­ti­mated 6,250 tri­cy­cle fran­chise hold­ers ply­ing city roads and na­tional high­ways al­ter­nately via a color cod­ing scheme.

He said it is up to the city govern­ment to com­ply with the DILG or­der.

“It de­pends sa lo­cal govern­ment unit (LGU) kung kailan nila ipa­p­atu­pad. Kung i-amend ba nila ang or­di­nansa o ito ba ay ma­n­atili. So it’s de­pen­dent on the [Sang­gu­nian Pan­lung­sod],” Javares ex­plained.

City Coun­cilor Rolando Amu­rao, the au­thor of the or­di­nance and chair­man of the com­mit­tee on trans­porta­tion, said tri­cy­cles are al­lowed in the outer lanes of the na­tional roads from the city proper to Barangay Sta. Lour­des in the north and Barangay Irawan in the south.

He said the con­cept of lane seg­re­ga­tion is for faster and slower ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic of pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles (PUVs) such as mul­ti­cab, jeep­ney, and tri­cy­cles that are slower than the pri­vate ve­hi­cles since they stop and go to load and un­load pas­sen­gers along the routes.

Se­gre­gat­ing faster ve­hi­cles to the in­ner lanes achieves smoother, faster, and ef­fi­cient flow of traf­fic, he said.

“Since nakasaad na­man doon sa cir­cu­lar na the city may al­low if there is no al­ter­na­tive route, kaya na­pagka­sun­d­uan noong meet­ing with the TODA (tri­cy­cle op­er­a­tors and driv­ers as­so­ci­a­tion) na we will re­quest the na­tional govern­ment to ex­empt us kasi ku­lang pa tayo ng mga mul­ti­cab at jeep,” he said.

Amu­rao said there was no vi­o­lent re­ac­tion from the TODA lead­ers dur­ing their meet­ing with them last Septem­ber 28, 2018, since most are al­ready aware of the na­tional law that wants to re­move them from na­tional roads.

He said he al­ready worked out the city govern­ment’s re­quest to the DILG tem­po­rar­ily ex­empt Puerto Princess City, cit­ing lack of other trans­port modes to re­place the tri­cy­cles.

Rizaldo Ro­driguez, a tri­cy­cle op­er­a­tor and also the head of the Trike Fund pro­gram, said it is still pre­ma­ture to re­move tri­cy­cles from the na­tional roads in the city.

He said if it hap­pens, its “most painful ef­fect is the re­duc­tion of in­come of the tri­cy­cle op­er­a­tors.”

“Mag-de­cline nyan ang in­come. Isa pa [ang daming] tri­cy­cles ang na-isyuhan ng fran­chise. Na­pakarami nyan. Hindi oo­bra ‘yang pag­tatang­gal ng tri­cy­cles sa high­way. Tri­cy­cles lang ang kayang maghatid mula palengke hang­gang sa pin­tuan mo. Kung meron kang sako-sakong dala? Paano yan? Ang mga tri­cy­cles ay puma­pa­sok sa looban at hindi kaya ni mul­ti­cab yan,” he said.

He said since the cir­cu­lar pro­vides an ex­emp­tion, the city govern­ment should work and make the tem­po­rary non-in­clu­sion of­fi­cial to the DILG.

“May ex­emp­tions na­man. Doon tayo sa ex­emp­tions. Kaysa na­man marami ang matatang­galan ng tra­baho na mga tri­cy­cle driv­ers. Hindi ma-ac­com­mo­date ng city sa dami nyan,” he added.

Cur­rently, the city govern­ment has an es­ti­mated 6,250 tri­cy­cle fran­chise hold­ers ply­ing city roads and na­tional high­ways al­ter­nately via a color cod­ing scheme.

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