General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera has renewed his assurance that the local government would not phase out tricycles as it pushes for the modernization of the transportation system in the city.
The local chief executive made the assurance during the 1st Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) Summit Wednesday, January 22, at KCC Convention Center.
“Sa e-jeepneys, ang nag storya ana ang atong mga operators (PTAG) og supplier direct.. When I said dati walang phase out na mangyayari, kini akong pasabot. Ang atoa lang sa Local Government (LGU Gensan) ang masunod ang LPTRP, ruta og modernization sa atong mga jeepneys o mga public utility vehicles,” he said.
The TODA Summit was an engagement between local government unit and tricycle drivers and operators to address the issues and concerns of the latter confronting the transportation sector, including the operation of colorum units, traffic accidents, housing, and financial programs, health care and social security, training programs, scholarships for dependents, access to other sources of livelihood and other matters that will help them achieve improved financial security.
This is one of the measures of the government to support the source of income of growing families mostly depending on tricycle operations for livelihood in Gensan.