Expect to start seeing some of the tricycles going around the city dressed up as the iconic Palawan peacock pheasant. Tourism officials and tricycle operators have agreed to spruce up some of those tricycles into “tanditrikes” in connection with the ongoing tourism month celebrations.
Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Imelda Yayen said the city’s tricycle operators and drivers associations (TODA) have agreed to dress up five tricycles of each TODA group with a theme of the Tandikan.
The promotional activity, she said, is hoped to attract tourists visiting the city while at the same time empowering tricycle drivers as an integral part of the city’s tourism sector.
“Ang ginawa kasi natin ay ini-empower natin ‘yung mga TODA, pati na’ng mga tricycle drivers. At least, nalalaman ng mga drivers natin na sila ay part ng ating tourism industry,” said Yayen.
Yayen added however that while they want to sustain the ‘tanditrikes’ even after the tourism month, they are aware of the national policy imposed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to ban all tricycles from national highways.
“Gusto man namin ituloy tuloy ‘yung tanditrike kaso merong nilabas na order banning trikes along highways,” she said.