Elong seeks to extend trike franchise renewal to Dec. 31 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:52

In a bid to reconsider financial constraints of tricycle drivers and operators, newly-designated chairman of the Council’s Committee on Franchise District 2 Councilor Roel “Elong” Natividad was expected to present his recommendation in yesterday’s regular session to extend the renewal of franchise from August 31 to December 31, 2015.

This after the Committee on Franchise conducted a public hearing on Monday  in compliance to Resolution No. 954 dated August 18, 2015, to conduct a public hearing considering the urgency of the said issue.

“This is for humanitarian reason for our drivers and operators as they have also problems financially and their daily living depends on driving their tricycles to feed their families,” Natividad said.

“We need a council resolution seeking to extend the renewal of tricycle franchise, so, we can immediately act on all pending applications,” City Legal Office representative Arturo “Tuting” Cabidog said.

Natividad assumed the chairmanship of the Committee on Franchise through Council Resolution No. 953 dated August 18, this year, sponsored by Councilor Jawo Jimenez, when Councilor Noning Biel resigned as chairman of the said committee.

Tricycle Adjudication Board (TAB) member Linda Mandi-Luelo representing the riding public said a total of 6,582 of tricycles are presently operating in the city and a total of 5,083 units paid the annual franchise with a difference of 1,499 “unrenewed” franchise as of August 24, this year.

“If there are “colorum” (unregistered) tricycles operating in the city, please inform us,” Luelo said as she appeals to the riding public for their protection.

Land Transportation Office (LTO) Franchising Officer Noel Noche said there are at least 10,000 units of vehicles that are unrenewed and 6,000 units are “colorum.”

Responsible Union for Empowered Drivers Association (RUEDA) President Hermogenes “Nonoy” Awid also presented his views and supports the move of Councilor Natividad for the extension of franchise renewal.

“Give us time to settle as all of us (drivers/operators) are financially unstable and depending on our daily income to feed our respective families,” Awid said. — Monch L. Follosco