Heeding the call of the national government to get tricycles off the national roads, the local government unit of Tacurong City will create a task force directed to conduct public consultations as well as look for alternative routes for tricycles operating within the city.

The creation of task force is mandated under Memorandum Circular 2020-036 dated February 17, 2020, by the Department of Interior and Local Government ordering all LGUs in the country to ban tricycles in national highways.

Earlier today, Mayor Angelo Montilla called for an initial dialogue with presidents of tricycle operators and drivers to discuss with them the plan to effect the tricycle ban.

Joining the meeting were City Administrator Roberto Ayco, City DILG Officer Victoria Dolido, PCol. Rey Egos of Tacurong PNP, PLt. Lopez of Highway Patrol Group, SP Committee on Transportation chairman Paulino Ledda, Councilor Welson Ferrer, Councilor Remo Flores, and Terminal Supervisor Noel Calmorin.

Aside from public consultations with stakeholders, the main function of the task force is the formulation of a Tricycle Route Plan that would provide alternate routes for tricycles to finally get them off the national highways.

Mayor Montilla said that with many cities like Tacurong that currently lack alternate routes, a total ban of tricycles on national roads would be very difficult.

Besides, the mayor said, “our city largely depends on tricycles as mode of transportation”.

“But because the national government is adamant on tricycle ban, we could do nothing as of now but to find a win-win solution for all stakeholders, especially the affected TODA sector”, Montilla said.

One of the solutions to provide alternate routes is to re-focus the allocation of the annual City Aid to the Barangays for the concreting of barangay roads that would eventually serve as alternative roads to national highways.

To ease tricycle obstruction on national highways, the most immediate action of the city right now is to strictly implement the existing ordinance ordering all tricycles and slow-moving vehicles to use only the outermost lanes of national highways.

Col. Egos said that since last week, they already started issuing citation tickets to the drivers violating the said ordinance. (ASFreno, LGU Information)