ADB Grant Launched to Help Tricycle Drivers in Puerto Princesa

grant of $240,000 to provide alternative livelihoods to tricycle
operators and help cut down on pollution in Puerto Princesa City was
launched today.

The grant is extended through the Poverty and Environment
Program (PEP), which will pilot test a number of strategies, as well as
livelihood support activities among tricycle drivers to tackle
environmental and the underlying social issues surrounding tricycles in
the city.

Taking a participatory approach, the project will strengthen
the technical and entrepreneurial knowledge base of tricycle operators
and drivers and establish a fund for drivers to upgrade the efficiency
of their tricycle engines. It will also help enhance the city
government’s enforcement of its Clean Air Act, especially for roadside
emission monitoring and catching smoke belchers. The lessons learned
from the project will assist in the formulation and replication of the
strategies in other cities in the Philippines.

Puerto Princesa, which prides itself as the cleanest city in
the country, is noted as a tourist destination as the capital of
Palawan, the province known as the “last frontier” of the Philippines.

just like any other thriving city in the country, it is confronted with
problems of ambient air and noise pollution, particularly from the
proliferation of motorcycles and tricycles.

emissions reach 90-97 decibels (dB), a serious problem given that some
studies suggest that prolonged exposure to noise levels at or above 80
dB can cause deafness. The bikes clog the streets with their number and
relative low speed and are perceived to be more accident prone than
four-wheeled vehicles.

number of tricycles have been increasing due to high unemployment and
absence of alternative livelihoods among the drivers; the limited road
network; and the rise in the size of the commuting population.

the problem is the fact that most tricycle drivers are low earners. In
a survey conducted by ADB, the majority (70%) of the drivers earn a
daily net income of between P100 and P150, or less than $3, which
leaves little room for tricycle maintenance that could cut down on
noise and maintenance.

project was inaugurated today by city Mayor Edward Hagedorn.
Representatives from tricycle operators’ and drivers’ associations and
nongovernment organizations, and officials from the central government
are expected to attend the event.


Edward Hagedorn was born on October 12, 1946 in Paranaque, Rizal. His parents were Mr. Alexander Hagedorn and the former Miss Gliceria Solon. He is married to Ma. Elena Marcelo, and blessed with two children Eva Christie and Elroy John. He studied in San Sebastian College-Recoletos and University of the East in Manila. He was elected mayor of Puerto Princesa City in 1992. And at the same time served as Representative of League of Cities of the Philippines, Region IV; Member of National Executive Board of Boy Scout of the Philippines; and Assemblyman of Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development. With the overwhelming support of the people of Puerto Princesa, he transformed the city as a major eco-tourism destination and model in environment protection. It became a Hall of Fame Awardee for being the cleanest and greenest component city in the Philippines. And has been generously given national and international awards and recognition for various innovative programs and projects – a proof of seriousness of purpose and magnitude of success. Right now, the City Government of Puerto Princesa is busy executing economic development programs…And the man leading its direction is Mayor Edward Solon Hagedorn.....