December 6, 2022

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The city held a dry-run on Department of the Interior and Local Government Circular 2020-036 restricting tricycles, motorcycles, and pedicabs on national highways.
 Mayor Darwin C. Estranero said the dry run, which started on March 8 to 12, sought to identify the gaps for the smooth implementation of the order.
 The DILG issued the order last year to ensure safe and orderly flow of traffic in the country’s major thoroughfares. It encourages local government units to draft road plans designating routes for these types of vehicles.
The city government convened barangay officials and tricycle operators to get their inputs on the directive that impacts on the local tricycle industry.
It was proposed that tricycles, pedicabs, motorcycles, and umbaks (motorcycle-powered small jeepney type) may temporarily use the highway outer lanes while a city tricycle route plan is formulated.
However, DILG Provincial Director Mayer Adong said the city government has to seek an exemption from the Land Transportation Office and for it to allow the temporary use of the highway outer lane for this type of vehicles.
The exemption should also contain that tricycles with franchises may traverse a national highway where there is no other alternative route. – Larry Lopez