A tricycle in Caloocan City (from Wikimedia Commons)

Five cities in Metro Manila have allowed the normal operations of tricycles while the entire National Capital Region is under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

The cities of Caloocan, Navotas, Marikina, Pasig and Valenzuela have permitted their tricycles to resume normal operations after Quezon City, which allowed its tricycles to operate on Friday.

However, the tricycles will only be carrying one passenger to follow social distancing protocols.

In addition, the tricycles must have a plastic sheet between the passenger and driver’s side and drivers are required to wear masks and face shields.

The Manila mayor Isko Moreno has yet to release the guidelines regarding the resumption of the city’s tricycle operations.

In March, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto appealed to the Department of the Interior and Local Government to allow tricycles to continue operating in order to ferry frontliners in the city.  After the DILG rejected his appeal, Sotto, instead, distributed bicycles for the city’s medical frontliners to use. The National Bureau of Investigation “invited” the young mayor to explain his side of the issue.  Even President Rodrigo Duterte had to address the issue during a late night televised address to the nation.  He distanced himself from the issue saying the NBI knows what it is doing and the he is “hands off” with the issue.  (Rommel F. Lopez)