The City Council has put on hold its discussion of all proposed tricycle franchising measures until it has clarified why mayor Lucilo Bayron vetoed the implementation of Resolution No. 216-2019 allowing the transfer of ownership of some 51 franchises.

Councilor Elgin Damasco, chair of the committee on transportation, said consequently, they have temporarily “kept on file” three other proposed measures pending Bayron’s clarification.

Resolution No. 216-2019 was passed by the City Council on October 21, 2019, allowing the transfer of franchise ownership of 51 tricycle operators “by way of sale, donation and inheritance”.

The resolution was subsequently forwarded to Bayron for approval, but he vetoed it, citing it is “prejudicial to public welfare”.

The City Council is allowed to overturn the mayor’s veto power by securing two-thirds of their vote, however, the body decided to settle the conflict by taking into account Bayron’s agenda.

“Dito tayo nagkaka-problema. The exception [to the DILG memorandum] is if there is no “alternative route” duly enacted by the Sanggunian. Anong silbi ng pag-aapruba natin [ng tricycle franchise] dito kung ive-veto lang din ng ating mayor?” Damasco questioned.

City councilor Peter Maristela affirmed Damasco’s stand and suggested that the issue be brought directly to Bayron’s attention.

A meeting between the committee and mayor Bayron will be scheduled to discuss the tricycle franchise regulation in the city.