Tricycle operators thank Beng for renewal extension PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 June 2015 08:49

Officials of the different tricycle operators’ associations over the weekend expressed gratitude to Mayor Beng Climaco for extending the period for the renewal of tricycle franchises from May 31 to August 31 saying this will be more than enough for their members to comply with the requirements.

Mayor Climaco together with City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. and the members of the Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB) met with the officials of the different tricycle associations May 28 to discuss the latter’s concern on the May 31 deadline earlier set through City Council resolution 518.

During the meeting, the mayor announced the 90-day extension in consideration of the short period granted in the processing of requirements for the renewal of franchises in the earlier May 31 deadline.

Hermogenes Awid, president of RUEDA-TODA said the 90-day extension granted by the local government will provide the members ample time to complete all documentary requirements in the renewal process. “Ta rindi gayot kame gracias con Mayor Beng Climaco cay ya oi le el di amon reclamo. Este extension es un win-win solution.”

Lucia Soria, SODA president expressed jubilation that tricycle operators’ plea has been heard and granted. She thanked the chief executive for listening to the concerns of the operators.

For his part Noel Francisco of WMSU-TODA said he is thankful that Mayor Climaco granted the reprieve but expressed dismay that some operators are disregarding their obligations with the government. He said if only tricycle operators diligently comply with the requirements, the extension is not needed.

Nevertheless, Francisco hoped that operators will make use of the 90-day extension for the processing of their documents, as no more extension will be given after the August 31 cut-off has lapsed.

Meanwhile, during the meeting, Mayor Climaco asked the operators to help seek the cooperation and support of their members in the campaign to invite tourists and investors to the city by not resorting to overcharging or committing abuses and other violations under the Tricycle ordinance.

She lamented that the City’s image is tarnished every time reports of overcharging by tricycles are reported through the media. — Sheila Covarrubias