Council seeks win-win deal on motorsikad controversy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:35

The City Council’s franchise and ordinances committees are motoring to Barangay Curuan tomorrow, July 9, to personally look into the grievances of drivers and operators of motorsikads, seeking legalization of their operation in the area.

This, after proponents of motorsikad’s legalization failed to convince in last week’s Council’s public hearing the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and City Legal Office (CLO) to give in to their request for humanitarian and public service reasons.

Both government agencies maintain that only LTO-registered motorized tricycles are allowed to operate as three-wheel public conveyance in the concerned areas, comprising of Curuan, Quiniput, Latuan, and other adjacent barangays, especially in its main highway.

Representatives of these offices said that since a motorsikad is neither a habal-habal nor a pedicab, its operation is clearly illegal, and would therefore be subject to apprehensions by the police.

Said drivers and operators who were accompanied by some Curuan barangay officials to the local legislature, Monday last week, however, claimed to have been operating such mode of transportation for more than five years now, and it is only lately that lawmen have started to apprehend them.

Councilor Luis ‘Noning’ Biel III, franchise committee chair, said that at present, there are about 50 motorsikad units operating in the Curuan District.

“Because of a directive from the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO), the Curuan police has started rounding-up these motorsikads, and this constant scenario prompted the affected drivers and operators to seek legalization of their operations, hence, the conduct of the 1st  public hearing here at the City Council last June 30,” Biel said.

He said that during thesaid public hearing, his colleague Councilor Charlie Mariano, who chairs the committee on ordinances and resolutions, suggested to the Curuan police to temporarily halt their apprehensions, pending resolution of such problem between motorsikad drivers and operators, through a “win-win agreement”.

“This is the reason why we are going to Curuan on July 9, to continue with our June 30 public hearing, so we can take a first look on the real situation there, and perhaps, it is there too, where we can draft an agreement, acceptable to both the police and the concerned motorsikad drivers and operators,” the 1st district councilor said.

Biel however explained that “coming-up with such an agreement should not prejudice the safety of motorsikad passengers, and all existing traffic laws, be it local or national”. — Philip Abuy