Appreciate ‘Kuliglig’ Drivers’ ingenuity – Jinggoy

THERE’S good sense behind Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada’s proposal to make these “kuligligs” or motorized pedicabs in Manila as part of the mainstream transportation instead of shooing away those hapless drivers who sweat their brows just to earn for their living.

Jinggoy, who equally has a soft spot for poor people like his father, ex-President Joseph “Erap” Estrada who was well-loved by the masses, believes that instead of treating them like “pests of the road,” they should deserve respect as they have shown ingenuity for coming out with a different but beneficial means of transportation that caters mainly to the “daily and short-lived travel needs of community residents.”

The good senator, chair of the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development and the joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Labor and Employment, was apparently perturbed by last week’s rally wherein some 15 “kuliglig” drivers, who led in the protest against Manila Mayor Alfredo “Dirty Harry” Lim’s Executive Orders 16 and 17 that ban all three-wheeled vehicles from the city’s main streets, were arrested and charged in court.

Sensing a lost means of livelihood for hundreds of them if these motorized pedicabs were limited or, worse, phased out completely, Jinggoy offers a thorough study to possibly have them registered and covered by traffic rules and regulations. Of course, they should meet safety and public service standards especially for their passengers and pay corresponding taxes and fees to the government, he further suggests.

He says: “This issue about the kuligligs is indeed complicated, and needs balancing of all related concerns: the traffic rules and the problem with congestion and hazards in major roads, the safety of passengers, taxes and fees, the travel needs of communities which they cater to and the livelihood of the drivers and operators.”

Jinggoy is extra optimistic that there’s still the best way to resolve the issue through continuous studies and consultations prior to the prospect of legitimizing them as part of our country’s mainstream transport industry. “Who knows, the kuligligs might even prove to be actually another notable Filipino innovation, and a vital feature in our communities’ daily life!” the senator from San Juan says.

Campaign Against Use of Formalin Intensified

Warning was raised over Navotas, the country’s fishing capital, following persistent reports regarding the use of formalin by some crooked traders to keep the freshness of the fish they sell. Doubly-alarmed, Mayor John Rey Tiangco just did the right thing when he formed a special team to monitor the private and public
as well as flea markets in the coastal city.

He says local authorities haven’t been remiss in reminding them against the use of such chemical which, if ingested could lead to abdominal pains, dizziness, vomiting and even death but he laments that there are still many of them who are opportunist and pig-headed who don’t mind bringing harm to their fellows just for profits even through evil ways.

“That practice is certainly unlawful. It is also unfair to other traders who do not use such kind of chemical just to keep the freshness of the fish they sell,” he says as he orders the team to arrest those who will defy the order and prosecute them to serve lesson to others who violate laws. Arlie Calalo

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