Seventeen tricycle drivers operating in Laoag City were given certificates of commendation by the city government for their honesty with respect to their passengers.
Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Fariñas, who personally awarded the certificates on July 4 during the regular flag-raising ceremony in front of the City Hall, lauded the said drivers for being honest in returning the valuables of passengers that had been left in their tricycles.
“Sapay la kuma ta agtul-tuloy kayo a traysikelan a mangipaay iti napudno a panag-serbi yo kadagiti pasaheros yo ta daytoy nagun-od yo ita ket saan a magatang wenno masukatan iti kuarta no di ket balon yo ken pakaiday-dayawan yo diuray sadinno iti papanan yo (I hope that you would all continue to offer honest service to your passengers because what you have been given today can not be bought or has any monetary equivalent but would serve as your legacy whenever you may go),” Fariñas said.
The mayor added that the awardees should serve as good models to other tricycle drivers.
These drivers were given commendations upon the recommendation SPO4 Cesario Gabriel, city traffic chief, who personally received the valuables, such as mobile phones, passbooks and cash, left by their passengers and surrendered by these drivers.
These commendations, according to Gabriel, would also inspire other tricycle drivers to follow their examples and return whatever valuables their passengers may leave behind in their vehicles.
The tricycle drivers commended are: Edward Manuel of Barangay Barit, Laoag City; Bonifacio Almazan of Barangay 39 Sta. Rosa, Laoag City; Geruberto Respicio of Barangay 26, Laoag City; Remy Damaso of Barangay Pila, Laoag City; Genar Mateo of Barangay 7-A, Laoag City; Juanito Placido of Barangay 25, Laoag City; Allan Salvador of Barangay 55 Vira, Laoag City; Darwin Andres of Barangay 47 Bengcag, Laoag City;
Rolando Collado of Barangay 6, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; Marites Tumaneng of Barangay 12, Laoag City; Wilson Balinso of Barangay 21, Laoag City; Virgilio Salvador of Barangay 5, Laoag City; Romualdo Libertino of Barangay Pandan, Laoag City; Ernesto Gabriel of Barangay 52-A San Mateo; Aristotle Andres of Barangay 7, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; and Rodel Agustin of Barangay 38-B Mangato, Laoag City.
Meanwhile, inspite of these honest tricycle drivers, Gabriel said that there are still several tricycle drivers that are violating the city’s traffic rules.
In connection with this, Gabriel appealed to the riding public to report cases of arrogant tricycle drivers to the nearest police station, or to traffic aides and Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic enforcers so they could immediately act on the matter.
Gabriel also announced that the regular fare for tricycles remain at P6, with 20 percent discount to be given to students and senior citizens.
The tricycle sector’s proposed fare hike is still being studied at the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
Dominic B. dela Cruz