Pagadian celebrates 8th ‘Tricycle Operators and Drivers Day’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 January 2015 11:33

PAGADIAN CITY – Tricycle operators and drivers converged at the Plaza Luz here yesterday, Jan. 15, to celebrate their 8th “Tricycle Operators and Drivers Day” with the theme “Ang Kadena sa Panaghiusa Mao ang Manubela sa Kalamboan” (The chain of unity is the steering wheel to progress).

Hundreds of tricycle operators and drivers as well as some city officials turned up to attend the annual activity which also became one of the highlights of the weeklong “Pasalamat Festival” starting Jan. 9 -18.

On behalf of Mayor Romeo Pulmones, Councilor Cesar Dacal Jr. delivered the mayor’s message urging the tricycle drivers to be always honest and courteous in dealing with their passengers as they are “the show window of the city.”

Congressman Victor J. Yu of the first district of Zamboanga del Sur also aired a similar call to the tricycle drivers to always provide the commuters with excellent service especially those coming from other places to impress upon the guests a positive attitude toward the city.

He said the tricycles here serve as the oldest mode of transportation for the riding public, purposely built at 25°-45° angle inclination to adapt to the city’s hilly terrain.

Presently, some 2,850 tricycles are servicing the city with around 2,000 operators.

It could be recalled that the city government had passed in 2007 City Ordinance 2K8-267 declaring every Jan. 8 each year as tricycle operators and drivers day in recognition of their indispensable role in providing public convenience and their contribution to the local economy.

The said ordinance, which was the first of its kind in the country, was authored by Councilor Arnold R. Gavenia who is now also serving as chair of the local Motorized Tricycle Franchising and Regulatory Board (MTFRB).

For his part, Jesuseller Duterte, president of the Pagadian City Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (PACTODA) has expressed his gratitude to the city leadership for the support extended to the group. — FPG/PIA9