Tricycles will once again be allowed to operate in Pasig City. Mayor Vico Sotto has just announced that the Department of the Interior and Local Government has approved the local city government’s guidelines for the operation of these PUVs as the metro transitions to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). Look:
“Isa pa rin sa pinaka malaking hamon sa ating pamahalaan ngayong transisyon papuntang MECQ ang pampublikong transportasyon. Ang pinaka mahalaga pa rin siyempre ang pagpapanatili ng social distancing. Pero sa susunod na mga araw, maraming magbubukas na negosyo, pero magkukulang ang transportasyon,” Sotto said in his Facebook post.
He adds: “Magiging malaking tulong ang mga tricycle para masolusyonan ang kakulangan sa mobilidad ng mga empleyadong Pasigueño sa paraan na may social distancing pa rin.”
The guidelines for operation include a one-passenger maximum capacity (those aiding a patient seeking medical attention are exempted), a barrier between the passenger and driver, and the use of a disinfectant at least twice daily which will be provided by the City Hall. Private tricycles, meanwhile, may travel provided they have a ‘Not for hire’ sign and only one passenger.
The DILG’s approval comes after the City initially authorized the operation of tricycles back in March under enhanced community quarantine, which was subsequently disapproved by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases.