Tagum City, Davao del Norte – Green tricycles filled the parking space of the New City Hall as Mayor Allan L. Rellon in cooperation with the City Tricycle and Franchising Regulatory Board and Traffic Management Office of Tagum gathered the tricycle and motorcycle drivers and operators for a Traffic Awareness Seminar last September 13, 2017 in preparation for the 6th ASEAN Scout Jamboree.
The seminar was attended by thousands of drivers all over the city who were schooled on the importance of their role in the forthcoming scouting activity this November 27-December 2 at the Energy Park, Apokon, Tagum City.
According to Police Inspector Cosme Masepequeña of the Philippine National Police, the tricycle drivers are the hope of the city when it comes to securing the safety of the visitors while traveling from one place to another. It is their duty to represent the people of Tagum as honest and disciplined individuals as local transportation frontliners, he said.
Mayor Rellon saw the need to gather the local transportation sector to sustain the good reviews it got during the Palarong Pambansa which the provincial government hosted along with the Department of Education in 2015. The event also became a venue for the local government to raise concern to the transport sector in light of the complaints filed by commuters on the attitude of some of the pedicab drivers.
“Ang atua karon, marefresh sa ilang mind na magtamud sila isip na mga kaaya-aya na drivers diin maayo ang ilang kinaiya, sakto ang ilang kobrahon na pamasahe, musinsilyo sila’g sakto, worth sa ilang sakyanan-well maintained, even sila magiging very knowledgeable na sila sa development sa Tagum para ang mga bisita nato na musakay sa ilaha sila na ang magiging guide, mura sila ug tourist guides.”(What we want now is to refresh their minds and them to follow the rules to become a good driver, someone who lives with good values, who follows the metered fare, who gives the right amount of change, who has a well-maintained tricycle, and knowledgeable in terms of the development of Tagum that they may become guides – tourist guides.), Mayor Rellon explained.
Another purpose of the said meeting was to remind the drivers of the traffic rules that they should abide to avoid violations. Likewise, they are expected to be partners of the government in keeping peace and order in the city. This meeting also served as a platform to hear the drivers and operators’ voice and complaints for immediate action from the local government.
The forum was attended by Mayor Rellon, Atty. Randy De Gala the CTFRB chairman, PINSP Masepequeña, PSSUPT Laudemer Laude, Tagum Chief of Police, and Retired Police Supt. Cesar Azares of the Traffic Management Office.
“Nalipay ko na naay mga bisita na muabot karong November up to December para makadaghan mi ug pasahero. Unya naa pud koy nahibaw-an sa mga highway, ug sa mga traffic violations, mga pasahero para maka andam mi unsa ang among mali ug andam buhaton inig abot sa mga bisita” (I am happy that there will be a lot of visitors this coming November up to December because it will double our income. I also learned about the highway (development), traffic violations, and courtesy to the passengers so that we can prepare and learn from our common mistakes to better serve the visitors.), said Mr. Josue Closa, an operator and driver of a tricycle who attended the seminar.
The hotel and inn owners and other establishments’ owners are expected to be called upon by the mayor in the following days to receive a similar seminar regarding their role in hosting big events such as this.
The expected participants of the scouting jamboree is around 25,000-30,000 not just from the ASEAN member countries but also from the other countries across the globe. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum