BAGUIO CITY -– Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan is now being criticized on social media after issuing a memorandum on February 4, to the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), to strictly implement City Ordinance 28 s 2012.

City Ordinance 28 s 2012 is a local legislation “banning all types of tricycles within the territorial boundaries of the City of Baguio.”

Executive Secretary Ryan Mangusan on Tuesday, February 16 said the memorandum was misinterpreted by a group of bicycle and motorcycle riders who stormed the City Mayor’s Office (CMO) on Monday.

Mangusan explained that attached to the memo were copies of the 2012 ordinance and other City Ordinances approved in 1960 and 1965 “banning motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, scooters and other similar modes of transportation in Baguio City”.

Through the years, the local authorities have been easy on the implementation of the 1960 and 1965 ordinances except on Session Road where these modes are not allowed to run.

Of late, motorcycles, bicycles and scooters are allowed to traverse along Session Road but not the tricycles.

Mangusan said the CMO received complaints from residents that tricycles have been running in their barangays, prompting the mayor to issue the memorandum addressed to P/Sr Supt George Daskeo, Officer-in-Charge of the BCPO.

Citing the mentioned City Ordinances, the BCPO literally and strictly implemented the law.

In the Baguio City Council on Monday, February 15, Councilor Robert Ortega explained that only the City Council can amend the Ordinance contrary to what the riders and citizens of Baguio are demanding from the mayor, to reconsider the memorandum.

Mangusan said the implementation of the City Ordinance 28 s 2012 has been deferred for further study, discussion and possible amendment. PNA/