Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar has assured that there will only be minimal displacement on the part of the local drivers relative to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) memorandum banning tricycles to ply on national highways
Climaco-Salazar has created a task force, with her as chairperson, to come up with the route plan for tricycles and to prepare a program to assist those drivers who will be affected by the ban once implemented by the local government unit.
She said the task force had already met with the tricycle drivers and will have to agree on the timeline within which the city will start implementing the DILG memo.
“We ensure that there will be compliance but with minimal displacement on the livelihood of our tricycle drivers,” Mayor Climaco-Salazar told the press briefing yesterday. “We have to follow the law.”
To recall, as part of the road clearing operations being led by the DILG, Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año has ordered local chief executives to strictly implement the ban on tricycles, pedicabs and motorized pedicabs from the national highways and to create a tricycle task force that shall draw up a tricycle route plan in their areas.
Under the DILG Memorandum 2020-036, tricycles are also not allowed to even cross or make a U-turn on national highways, and that the “Local governments must review and modify tricycle routes according to the ban and are encouraged to include in their plans the construction of local roads or overpasses where the tricycles can operate.”
As mandated, the tricycle task force is composed of the mayor as chairman, the chief of police as vice-chairman, and the Sanggunian’s committee chair on transportation or public safety, the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, the head of the tricycle regulatory board, the head of the Department of Public Order and Safety, the planning and development officer, the head of the traffic management office, and the local government operations officer as members.
Representatives of the transportation department and its attached agencies will function as resource persons of the task force, while the head of the city or municipal legal office shall provide secretariat support to it.
According to the DILG chief, the task force is tasked to meet with stakeholders and rationalize all tricycle routes to enforce the ban, identify national roads within the jurisdiction of the LGU, and determine the present and proposed routes in view of drafting a tricycle route plan (TRP) within 30 days from the issuance of the memorandum.
The plan should include a schematic map of the location of tricycle terminals, the national highways of the LGU and the portions thereof to be used by tricycles if there is no alternative route.
The plan must also detail the installation of appropriate signage, marks for lanes and other safety features to guide all vehicles; create awareness among residents and motorists of new tricycle routes or portions of highways allowed to tricycles because of lack of alternative route; a color scheme or emblem for tricycles that ply a route traversing a national highway; and penalties for violators.
Non-compliance to the memo will warrant the issuance of a show-cause order, and failure to provide a sufficient response shall be a ground for the filing of appropriate administrative cases pursuant to Section 60 of the Local Government Code and other laws and policies.
On top of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, prior DILG directives – DILG Memorandum Circulars 2007-11, 2011-68 and 2020-004 –have already been issued prohibiting the presence of tricycles and pedicabs on national roads and prescribing the operating conditions and franchising of tricycles.