The City Tricycle Franchising Regulatory Board (CTFRB) started orienting all 3,150 pedicab drivers and operators this morning on the new guidelines under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) that commenced today May 16, 2020 in Tagum City.
The orientation will run from May 16 to 21 at the National Trade School gymnasium with eleven separate meetings — accommodating only 300 participants per schedule to realize physical distancing at the venue.
It can be recalled that mass transport, including tricycle operation, has been suspended under the Enhanced Community Quarantine(ECQ) that lasted for more than a month.
Now that mass transport is permitted under the GCQ, the CTFRB will strictly implement the new guidelines for tricycle operation as stipulated in the Executive Order 2020 – 45 issued by the COVID-19 City Task Force last May 15.
The new normal in mass transportation as specified in the new EO includes limiting the maximum number of passengers to three (one person in front and two at the back seat).
The EO also requires tricycles to be installed with cellophane partitions between the driver and the passenger at the front seat, a barrier between the front and back seat, and another partition between the two passengers at the back seats.
Mayor Allan Rellon reminded tricycle drivers during the orientation to always exercise utmost precaution when driving by keep on wearing masks and always sanitize.
The chief executive also emphasized that quarantine measures are still in effect requiring residents to only go out when buying foods or medicine, going to work, and during emergencies to which mass transport can now be utilized under the GCQ.
Meanwhile, the city government distributed food packs and hygiene kits that include masks and soap to tricycle drivers and operators which are also now considered as frontliners. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum