The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) wants you to know that the use of tricycles really isn’t allowed during the Luzon-wide enhanced quarantine period—this includes the ones currently servicing frontline workers in Pasig City after Mayor Vico Sotto allowed their limited operation.
Asked about some local government units’ (LGU) permitted use of tricycles for emergency needs, cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles said that the national government is very concerned about this.
“Concerned talaga ang gobyerno sa dito sa paggamit ng tricycle dahil hindi namin lubos na makit or maintindihan paano mag social distancing sa tricycle,” the official said.
“Kung ang concern po kasi ng LGU ay ganyan, maari naman gumawa ng mga initiative yung LGU with regard to vehicles na hindi naman kailangan tricycle ang gamitin. So, may means po ang LGU na gumamit ng other means of transportation. Meron po silang mga sariling sasakyan, or maaari po silang gumamit ng sasakyan ng iba, makiusap, or other means,” he added.
“Kasi kung ano ba ang i-open mo yung tricycle dahil may masasakyan yung health workers? Ganun po ba? Kung ganun po yung objective mo, then, number one may concern po tayo sa motorcycle dahil mahirap po ang social distancing, ganun din ang problema natin sa tricycle,” Nograles stressed.
“Ang question is ‘LGU meron ka ba ibang means of transportation?’ Meron. May jeep ka, or multicab ka, or a four-wheel vehicle. Either sayo or makihiram ka sa mga constituents mo, or something.”
A day ago, Sotto earned praise from netizens for permitting tricycle operations within Pasig city to help frontline health workers get to work. Tricycles could ferry passengers provided social-distancing guidelines were observed.
“Yung ibang LGUs naman nagcocomply. Ito nga po yung common ground rules. Let’s all stick to the common ground rules. Yun po ang pakiusap namin,” Nograles said.
Do you think tricycles should be allowed to operate in a limited capacity?