The Puerto Princesa City Council will schedule another public hearing to finalize the accreditation of tricycles in the city that would exclusively be available for rentals for local and international tourists.
The measure, authored by City Councilor Rolando Amurao, seeks to address the local transport needs of tourists visiting the city with the use of “tricycles for hire.”
“Sila ay tatawaging Frontliners. Iba talaga ang rate nila, exclusively for rental. Situated lang sila sa mga hotels dito sa siyudad natin,” Amurao said.
Amurao said that the ordinance was pursuant to the Tricycle Code of Puerto Princesa. He said the measure also aims to provide an efficient and safe transport system in Puerto Princesa that shall serve the needs of the fast-growing number of tourists’ arrivals in the city.
The ordinance will cover around 200 tricycle drivers and operators. The Council believes help develop the city’s tourism sector and will provide jobs to people and an additional revenue source for the City government.
“The member should be a bonafide member of a TODA. He must at least have basic English knowledge, a valid driver’s license with appropriate restriction code, and must undergo training lecture-seminar from the City Tourism Office,” City Tourism Head Aileen Cynthia Amurao said.
“Siyempre kailangan pleasing sakyan ‘yung tricycle kasi it will specially cater tourists. May uniform din siyempre sila,” she added.
Penalties ranging from P1, 000 to P5, 0000 and perpetual disqualification from acquiring any accreditation from the City Tourism Office are subjected to drivers who will violate any provision.
The measure has its own fare matrix ranging from P40 as the cheapest rate for short distances and P250 for destinations outside the city proper.
The ordinance will allow “tourism frontliner tricycles to operate daily and cross over the zones as they are exempted from the provisions of the 50-50 traffic scheme and zoning scheme. They are however prohibited from picking up passengers on their way to and from the destinations of their tourist passengers.