Yesterday, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ordered that all barangay roads should be cleared of obstructions in a span of 75 days. Part of the agency's Road Clearing Operations 2.0, it involves the clearing of all local roads in order to improve traffic flow.

Now, the DILG has released Memorandum Circular 2020 – 036 which bans tricycles, pedicabs, and motorized pedicabs from plying national highways. According to DILG Secretary Edgardo Año, the new M.C. is also part of the recent road clearing operations spearheaded by the agency.

"Matagal na nating ipinagbabawal ang mga tricycles at pedicabs sa national highway ngunit ang daming pasaway. Hindi lang ito nakakasagabal sa daan kundi nagiging sanhi ng sakuna sa kalye. Kaya dapat nang maging mahigpit ang mga mayor at ang pulis at siguruhing maipapatupad ang ban na ito." said Año

[Tricycles and pedicabs have long been banned to travel on national highways but there are still those that are stubborn. Not only are they disruptive on the highways, but they can also be the cause of an accident on the road. That is why mayors and the police have to be stricter in enforcing this ban]

Aside from being banned to travel along the said roads, Año added that tricycles are also not allowed to make a U-turn on national highways.

"Local governments must review and modify tricycle routes according to the ban and are encouraged to include in their plans the construction of local roads or overpasses where the tricycles can operate," the Secretary added.

Those that fail to follow the new M.C. will be warranted with a show-cause order. Failure to provide a sufficient response shall be ground for the filing of appropriate administrative cases pursuant to Section 60 of the Local Government Code and other laws and policies. The MC also orders that the Philippine National Police (PNP) to help local leaders enforce the said ban.

Under the same M.C., the DILG also urged cities and municipalities to create a tricycle task force separate from the tricycle regulatory boards in order to formulate and review the tricycle route. The task force will be composed of the Mayor as chairman, the chief of police as vice chairman, and the Sanggunian committee chair on transportation or public safety, the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, the head of the tricycle regulatory board, the head of the Department of Public Order and Safety, the planning and development officer, the head of the traffic management office, and the local government operations officer as members.

The task force is tasked to meet with stakeholders in order to rationalize all tricycle routes as a way to better enforce the ban, identify national roads within the jurisdiction of the LGU, and determine the present and proposed routes in a draft of a tricycle route plan (TRP) within 30 days from the issuance of the memorandum.

On top of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, prior DILG directives – DILG Memorandum Circulars 2007-11, 2011-68 and 2020-004 – have already been issued prohibiting the presence of tricycles and pedicabs on national roads and prescribing the operating conditions and franchising of tricycles.