Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 reminded that pedicabs and tricycles are prohibited to traverse national highways unless there is no other alternative route.
With this, DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe urged Northern Mindanao municipal and city mayors to heed this call.
“Nanawagan naman ta sa atong mga local chief executives, especially sa atong mayors, nga pag-abot sa pagpaagi sa atong mga pedicabs and tricycles sa atong mga national highways, this should be regulated [We already urged our local chief executives to regulate the pedicabs and tricycles along national highways],” he said.
The said vehicles should not operate on national highways utilized by four-wheel vehicles greater than four tons and where normal speed exceeds 40 kilometers per hour.
Recognizing that pedicab and tricycle operations provide livelihood and income to the Filipinos, RD Agabe underscored that the guidelines focus on the safety of the riding public, motor vehicles, and to the driver themselves.
“Unta masabtan sa atong mga drivers nga para ra gihapon ni sa ilang seguridad ug sa ilahang mga pasahero, labot sa ubang sakyanan na gaagi sa atong national highways [Hopefully, our drivers will understand that this is also for their security and of their passengers, including other vehicles traversing the national highway].”
The Regional Director explained that although the DILG will be monitoring the implementation of the said guideline, he cited the statement of DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano saying that under the Local Government Code, city and municipal mayors, through their respective sanggunians, are authorized to regulate the operation of tricycles within their territorial jurisdiction, subject to the guidelines prescribed by the Department of Transportation.