MANILA, Philippines – The city government will allow tricycles, electronic tricycles (e-trikes), and pedicabs to operate during the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said Tuesday.
Domagoso said tricycles, e-trikes, and pedicabs will be allowed to ply roads until August 18.
“Aking pinapayagan ang lahat ng pedicab, e-trike at tricycle na mapaghanapbuhay sa panahon ng MECQ,” the mayor said during a speech before members of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau who have been designated as COVID-19 safety marshals during the MECQ.
However, he emphasized that only one passenger is allowed in a tricycle and that both the driver and the passsenger must wear face masks, in compliance with City Ordinance No. 8627.
“Kaya sa lahat ng kaanak niyo, maghanap buhay kayo sa tatlong gulong. Mayroon lang akong pakikisuyo: tupdin natin ang panawagan ng IATF. Hangga’t maaari, isang pasahero lang,” he said.
Domagoso said the decision was made to help tricycle, pedicab and e-trike drivers who are among those whose livelihood were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Let me be clear about this. Para matulungan sa loob ng Maynila ang mga empleyado, lalo na ang mga medical health workers natin na magkaroon ng access sa saakyan,” Mayor Isko said.
“(Para na rin) matulungan natin ang ekonomiya at maproteksyunan ang kabuhayan ng mga nahihirapan nating kababayan na silang may mapaghiramunan, mabawasan ang suliranin, at matugunan ang kanilang mga pangangailangan,” he added.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases earlier said that tricycles may operate under MECQ, subject to the guidelines set by the local government and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
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