Councilor Peter “Jimbo” Maristela is getting ready to file a proposed ordinance “regulating” the presence of tricycles along national roads in the city in next week’s regular session of the City Council.
“Ang sa akin, hopefully, by Monday, baka maka-file ako ng version ko ng proposed ordinance regulating ‘yong tricycle sa national highway para naman sa susunod na public consultation matalakay din ‘yong proposal namin bukod doon sa proposal ni [councilor Elgin Damasco],” Maristela said Tuesday in an interview with Palawan News.
Maristela said his ordinance’s main concern will be the “exemption” of Rizal Avenue from the trike ban, from the city pier to the Capitol area, then to Canigaran Beach in Barangay Bancao-Bancao.
He is also proposing the exemption from the trike ban of the Capitol-Junction 1 route to the national highway in Barangays San Miguel and San Pedro, up to the Adventist Hospital Palawan (AHP), especially if the tricycle is not exceeding the 40 kilometers per hour (kph) speed.
“‘Yong guidelines kasi ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na hindi dadaan ng ‘yon din ang laman ng memorandum circular ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), ay hindi puwede ang tricycle… nababanggit ko na nga lagi… kung ang tricycle ay hindi nag-e-exceed ng more than 40 kilometers per hour. O kaya naman walang alternate routes,” he said.
“Ibig sabihin, kung hindi nag-e-exceed ng 40 kilometers per hour, pupuwedeng payagan by virtue of an ordinance. Sana mapayagan ‘yong sa Junction 1 hanggang Junction 2, kapag napayagan ‘yon, nag-approve ang mga kasama nating konsehal, wala ng problema,” Maristela added.
From AHP going to the north, Maristela said, he is still studying options that the law will allow, including the south national highway.
But this would be a challenge, he said, since vehicles traversing the routes are really fast and that the city government never really issued any franchise allowing the tricycles to service the areas.
“Kaya lang, malabo talaga ‘yon kasi masyado ng mabibilis ‘yong sasakyan doon. Wala naman talagang prangkisa na ini-issue ang city — at saka ‘yong from Irawan to Inagawan, wala rin naman talagang ini-issue na prangkisa ang city. For public safety, hindi talaga dapat payagan doon,” he said.
Petition for declaratory relief
Maristela said he is hoping that the City Council will approve his proposed ordinance.
However, if it will need a DOTr approval, Maristela said they can file a petition for declaratory relief.
“Kung papayagan ng Council, Council naman ang gagawa ng ordinansa. Ngayon kung nire-require na bago ipatupad ‘yon kinakailangan ng approval ng DOTr at hindi pumasa sa kanila, puwede tayong mag-file ng declaratory relief — ‘yong kukuwestyunin natin ang validity ng memorandum circular,” he said.
If the City Council approves, but the DOTr does not approve, Maristela said it is the one that has the option to go to court.