Mayor’s EA seeks brgy’s help on tricycle franchise renewal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:57

City Hall Chief Executive Assistant Mario Roca is seeking the assistance of barangay officials outside the 7-kilometer radius to help facilitate renewal of franchises of motorized tricycle owners residing and operating in their area and who have yet to comply with the provisions of the Tricycle Ordinance.

This, as the City Treasurer’s Office has given motorized tricycle franchise holders only until May 2 to comply with the law and to pay the corresponding franchise renewal fees. The Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB) is set to launch a crackdown against colorum tricycles after the May 2 ultimatum.
Roca, who is Mayor Celso Lobregat’s executive assistant on barangay affairs, said barangay officials should reach out to their constituents and disseminate the information about the May 2 ultimatum set by the CTO to avoid cancellation of franchises and other sanctions.

The deadline for the payment of franchise fees was January 20, 2011 coinciding with the deadline set for the payment of business tax and other corresponding fees related to the renewal of business permits.

Roca said it is also part of the duties and responsibilities of barangay officials to ensure that their constituents promptly comply with existing laws and ordinances.

“We ask barangay officials to help disseminate the information and ensure that non-compliant tricycle franchise holders will beat the ultimatum on May 2,” the chief executive assistant appealed.
Citing TAB records, City Treasurer Soledad Li the other day said only 4,604 of the total 7,144 tricycle franchise holders have renewed their franchises and paid the corresponding fees as of Monday, April 25.

The yearly renewal of franchises is a requirement under Ordinance 185 otherwise known as “An Ordinance prescribing the operation of Tricycles and Granting Franchise for the Operation Thereof within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the City of Zamboanga”.

Under the ordinance, violation of the conditions set in section 1 is a ground to cancel the franchise granted to the owner besides the administrative penalties also provided for in the said law. Section 1 states that upon filing of the application of certificate of public convenience to operate motorized tricycle, the applicant must submit the following documents: certificate of registration and official receipt of payment of the registration fees for the current year; proof of financial capacity to operate; insurance policy covering third party liability; proof of payment of local and national taxes; professional driver’s license of the driver; police clearance of the operator and the driver; inspection report on road worthiness of the tricycle; pollution clearance issued by the pollution officer; health certificate and barangay clearance.

The city has not granted new franchises but only renewing the permits issued as of 2002.
TAB chair Atty. Norberto Patriarca has warned of a crackdown against colorum tricycle units after the May 2 ultimatum. — Sheila Covarrubias