Tricycle operators get moratorium on tricycle fees’ annual hike

THE Sangguniang Panlungsod granted the request of tricycle operators for a two-year moratorium on the annual five percent increase of permit fees starting this year.

This was provided for in Ordinance No. 1119-2021 authored jointly by Councilors Celia Lim, Michael  Fernandez and Karlos Reyna IV during the virtual session presided by Vice Mayor Bryan Kua .

Specifically, approved was an ordinance imposing moratorium on the application of Section 343 (Chapter IX to Sections 239 and 240, Article 38 (Chapter III_ of City Ordinance No. 2089-2017), otherwise known as the Revenue Code of the City of Dagupan.

Proponents of the measure cited the current public health emergency caused unprecedented disruption of economic activities and financial difficulties to the people of Dagupan, the very reason why President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a State of Calamity throughout the Philippines through Proclamation No. 292.

The problems of tricycle operators were compounded by travel restrictions on maximum number of passengers allowed imposed by the national government as part of health and safety protocols during the public emergency.

The SP clarified that the moratorium will only be suspending the five percent annual increase of permit and regulatory fees on tricycle operation and will not affect the provisions of Article  38 of City Ordinance No. 2089-2017 relating to penalties and fines for violation of said ordinance and City Ordinance No. 1849-2005.

Two weeks ago, the SP denied the request of stall holders of the Magsaysay Fish Market also for annual five percent increase of  their stall rentals for two years, noting that they are doing better in their business despite the pandemic. (Leonardo Micua)

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