Pasig City will comply with the inclusion of tricycles in the ban on public transportation amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Vico Sotto said on Thursday night.
“Kami ho dito sa Pasig, magkocomply kami sa kahit anong direktiba ng ating nasyonal na pamahalaan,” Sotto said in an interview on “24 Oras".
Sotto earlier asked the national government to exempt tricycles from the ban on public transportation amid the enhanced community quarantine, saying he had allowed tricycle operations to ferry health workers and emergency patients to various hospitals in Pasig.
“Kaya lang po ako nagsalita kahapon para lang po marinig din nila ‘yong pananaw namin, ‘yong experience namin sa ground pero at the end of the day, we eed to have one policy sa NCR, buong Luzon," Sotto said.
"Magko-comply po kami kung ano sabihin sa atin,” he added.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government urged Sotto to check the means of other LGUs in ferrying medical workers.
Under Secretary Jonathan Malaya said other cities and municipalities did not allow tricycles in their areas to operate.
"Kung ang purpose po natin ay health workers, sana po tingnan ng lungsod ng Pasig 'yung ginawa ng ibang lungsod... For example po sa Parañaque po, humiram sila ng bus sa Okada at City of Dreams at sa Solaire, 'yung lahat ng bus gumawa sila ng ruta... doon nila pinapasakay ang kanilang health workers," Malaya said at a press conference.
He also said the national government could not allow this because it would defect the entire purpose of the quarantine.
"Pasensya na po, Mayor. Hindi po talaga namin kayo puwedeng pabigyan. Kasi po if we allow mass transportation in Pasig, mamaya po magrerequest na ang Valenzuela, ang Cabuyao, magrerequest na po ang lahat," Malaya said.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles insisted that social distancing would be difficult to enforce in tricycles. -NB, GMA News