Celso seeks DILG, DPWH guidance on pedicab issue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:45

Mayor Celso Lobregat on Monday sought clarification and guidance of national authorities on the operation of pedicabs, the three-wheeled bicycle with a covered rear seat for customers, in the barangays with reference to existing national laws concerning the same.

This, in view of persistent requests from barangay officials, parents and teachers to allow pedicabs to be utilized as the means of transportation in the barangays with the onset of classes next week vis-a-vis the all out campaign of the city government against obstructions including pedicab units along the highway on the basis of national laws. 

The decision to seek clarification and guidance from the Department of Interior and Local Government as well as the Department of Public Works and Highways and to come up with a temporary solution to the problem, was reached during a meeting with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and the majority members of the City Council, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. and representatives from the City Legal Office at City Hall Monday afternoon.

Aside from national laws, there is also an existing ordinance concerning the operation of pedicabs in the city.

“As mayor we can’t issue directives or executive orders that go against the national law, but we can write the DILG to ask for guidance”, Mayor Lobregat said in an interview with reporters yesterday.

And pending the clarification, to help alleviate the plight of schoolchildren, a regulated operation of pedicabs will be in place effective June 4, the first day of the opening of classes.

Mayor Lobregat said loading and unloading of school children and teachers will be temporarily allowed only in school zones but not in commercial areas of the barangay from 6am to 8am, 11am to 1pm and 4pm to 6pm.

Pedicab parking in front of schools is prohibited; no under-aged drivers will be allowed and the pedicab units must be registered with the city government.

It is recalled that the city government in partnership with the police and other law enforcement agencies a month ago initiated a massive crackdown against obstructions along the highway in both east and west coasts in a bid to uphold law and order and ultimately ensure public safety.

The drive, spearheaded by the City Administrator’s office, covered the areas from Ayala to Lower Calarian in the west coast and from Sangali down to the city proper in the east coast. It covered all obstructions that include structures, pedicabs, motor vehicles and all other forms of obstructions.

Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario said the crackdown is based on the provisions of Department Order 52 series of 2003 of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Presidential Decree 17 and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) memorandum circular mandating all local government units to clear road right of ways of obstructions (3 meters both sides from the edge of the road right of way).

The District Engineer’s Office has made representations with City Hall to help DPWH in the enforcement of DO 52, thus, the launching of the joint drive.

The request for reconsideration of the city government’s campaign against pedicabs was first brought before the City Council during its session Monday morning. And to come up with a united and effective stand on the issue, the Council opted to confer with the chief executive after their session.

Legislators present during the meeting with the mayor were Councilors Jaime Cabato, Abdurahman Nuño, Rey Candido, Nonong Guingona, Percival Ramos, Eduardo Saavedra, Rudy Lim, Rogelio Valesco Jr., Joana Mas, Luis Biel III, Mike Alavar, Myra Paz Abubakar, Lilia Nuño and VP Elago. — Sheila Covarrubias