Thursday, June 13, 2013

SB approves ordinance requiring AMTODA membership

The Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Alegria, Surigao del Norte passed a Municipal Ordinance #01 Series of 2013, an ordinance requiring the Alegria Motorized Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (AMTODA) membership as one of the requirements in the issuance of the MTOP or motorized tricycle operation permit.

The ordinance stipulated that all tricycles operating within the Municipality of Alegria shall secure the necessary certificate of membership as member of the AMTODA prior to the issuance of the appropriate franchise or MTOP and upon complying the minimum requirements set by the pertinent laws and rules regarding land transportation. The SB has the power to refuse any applications with lacking supporting requirements in particular to AMTODA membership .The ordinance simply means that all tricycle operating within the boundary of the municipality must be required to be a member of AMTODA before the municipal authorities release the said franchise or MTOP and the sticker even the tricycle operator has already paid the amount for the permit to operate.

Although the ordinance was already implemented after series of public consultation and approval by the Mayor Dominador G. Esma, Jr., some motorize tricycle running within the municipality has no MTOP yet. Some drivers and operators of the motorized tricycle revealed that they have already papers of permit to operate and completed the payment for the said permit but they admitted that they don’t have MTOP yet since they are not yet members of the AMTODA. Others said that they are not yet members of the AMTODA due to expensive membership fees and dues that they cannot afford to give.

The said ordinance was adopted and takes effective immediately on January 22, 2013 on the motion of Hon. Ernesto C. Odjinar, Sr. and Hon. Rogelio M. Edilo.

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