Your Opinion on (Cricket) Kuliglig Pedicabs

Cricket Pedi Cabs - one of the known transportation in Manila
Philippines
December 2, 2010 6:04am CST
Hello Lotters, Let me just give you a short info about these vehicles before it was lead to this creation. this Cricket(not a sport) is originally made to replace carabaos in terms of paving lands to put seeds for future crops. Before the Pedicabs, the man powered transportation was popularly known as Rick-saw, I know some of you have known and ride on it already. but uniquely, in the Philippines, the differ kind of Rick-saw was replaced into being Called "PEDICAB" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycle_rickshaw#Philippines http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuliglig So, if you combine the pedicab and cricket engine, you either get a KULIGLIG or my term cricket pedicabs or cricket-cabs So, Now why i just suddenly Open this up. * Because of the recent news that they are now being PUT DOWN by the Municipal Mayor LIM, the rally just came.they were being Washed away by a Fire Hydrant use by Cops, Not to mention I've heard from the News, that a child was arrested in the said Rally* Their Reason, there is the LAW, how can the people who also benefited from the Cricket Pedicab benefit from the "said Law? Now, some might think because it's giving burden to the traffic or it's another colorum. But I truly wonder, how can we shut down Filipino's Own good innovation of a combined Pinoy Ricksaw design with an engine, that i believed to be pedal Less since it's motor powered. I have seen this once some where in Quiapo Long ago, and i find amazing. What are you're views one this? Can this still be salvaged and give them "franchise" instead? Have a Great day.
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@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
It is indeed a brilliant innovation by the Filipinos just like the jeepneys we have nowadays. I agree that phasing them out would be a blow to Filipino ingenuity. However, as all inventions are, they should also be subject to the laws. I think LTFRB refused to give them a franchise because they violate the Clean Air Act. Our environment has suffered so much and we must all do what we can. The kuligligs should also conform to the environmental laws. I remember a few months back that there is a way to clean their emissions but they refused because its another added expense. They do not even have permits for this things and therefore they are not subject to regulations. Nobody is above the law. Poverty is not an excuse to defy authorities. Finally, as I understand it, they are banned from plying the main thoroughfares. Have you seen them around - they enter one way streets, ride the sidewalks and even counterflow traffic. They are an accident waiting to happen and the government is right in putting order here. How old is the child that you are talking about? There were some who looked like teenagers, but that does not excuse their behavior. I did see the kuliglig drivers brandishing their kids in the rally. They were the ones who were using their own kids. I do not understand your question about people benefiting from the law - what law are you referring to?
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello Advocate, I have only heard it but didn't see if the driver's child is a teenager or a toddler Well, there has to be a law regulating these motorized pedicabs. not banning them completely but putting them on the ride side of the road and not dominating even the highways. i know, it can be annoying when you see a pedicab in a main road Mainly, the law forbids them. but can they create a law or ordinance that forbids them to service specific roads? like highways and stuff. and at least give the fixed rate so that they won't over charged? because banning them won't help
• Philippines
4 Dec 10
I think they are only banned from plying the main thoroughfares, Letran. The other day I saw on the news some kuliglig drivers being interviewed. They claim that if they cannot enter main thoroughfares, their take home is a lot less. But that's not an excuse to put them above everyone else. If poverty is their defense, then we should also let jeepneys and buses roam the city and enter one-way streets to increase their income. The fact is that modes of public transportation must be regulated, and being small is not an excuse.
• Philippines
4 Dec 10
They can't ride in the Main Roads, the Jeepney Drivers are a pain as it is.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
Hi, Knight.:) Actually these kuligligs are also some of the concerns of those who make a living by using horse carriages. Those kuligligs eventually kicked them out of their livelihood (but this is another story). As per the current issue, yes, Pinoys are really innovative and very resourceful in order to live. We are very well known for this trait.There's always a way to survive against poverty. I think Mayor Lim has imposed an ironclad hand again this time. He shouldn't have banned these 'vehicles' but rather find a way to make things work both for the drivers and the commuters. It is indeed risky to plod these type of 'vehicles' in the main streets of Manila. Risky for both drivers and passengers. The municipal government could somehow give them a safer route and limit the areas where they can transport their passengers.And of course , give them permit to operate legally... Totally restricting them is ridiculous . It is like telling them to not to eat and live decently...
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello Eurekafemme, The Problem with this pedicabs is that there's no apparent system in terms of salaries, proper routs to service passengers, and finally the right amount of taxes.. but if the government gives none but to banned them, then things are gonna get ugly and more people will result to crimes, which will ruin their lives.
• Philippines
4 Dec 10
Just last night , I had an argument with hubby about this issue. I think he watched Sen.Jinggoy on tv proposing that kuliglig should be legalize. He disagree with that idea base on the fact that kuliglig isn't fit for human transportation. If kuliglig isn't safe to be use as transportation, the government has the right to ban them but if it isn't, it( gov't) should find a way to allow these vehicles in the road, even if in limited routes only or even time...
• Philippines
4 Dec 10
Unless the Government's Science and Technology Department finds a way to modify them (which is unlikely) i may have to agree with you're hubby. they are trouble to the streets. unfortunately,too very dependable of other people.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
3 Dec 10
I don’t know much at all about these vehicles but they look so resourceful not to mention economical! I like them and it would be a shame if the people who rely on them were to lose them! It is an innovative idea and, as far as I can tell if used responsibly should be no hindrance. ‘Washing them away’ sounds so unjust to me so yes I do think the Kuliglig Pedicabs should be given 'franchise'.
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello Paula, Unfortunately, the government doesn't have the system when it comes to franchising or regulating these transport system, they just want them banned instead. with out thinking of what other people might do if they are jobless or doesn't have anything to give to their families.
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@greenpeas (999)
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
I think it is just proper that these "kuligligs" which are motorized pedicabs should be banned from main thoroughfares as they are too slow and could cause accidents and/or contribute to traffic problems. They should not be totally banned though, as the drivers will be deprived their livelihoods. They should be allowed to ply on secondary roads, period. If they resists then that is the time the stronger arm of the law should be enforced. I understand why they were dispersed and some arrested when they refused to end their blocking of the traffic, but I dont think it is necessary for the policemen involved to use unncessary force/brutality against those that were already apprehended and not giving any resistance. As I see it, this is another tarnish to the reputation of the Manila policemen. It just prove how incompetent and ill trained they were: overreacting on helpless people, but bumbling on actual crime situations.
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello Greenpeas, They are already deprived of their livelihood already, which is saddening. but think it was dumb for the protesting driver to bring his kid. the front page of Philippine Inquirer themselves shows how they immaturely handle the dispersement. well, the law is being informed but not in a much more favorable Civil Way.
@Hatley (164469)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Dec 10
hi letran I thought it was rick shaw,oh well live and learn. the pedicabs then are also being pedaled but also have an engine to help. I would think that this engine would eliminate the pedaling bit and make the pedicabs faster and less tiring for the drivers. oh course they wou ld work for seeding plots of ground for growing crops. Would they not make the trips faster and a lot easier for the drivers too?
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello Hatley, well, this vehicle originated from the rick saw mania way back in china back then. the Filipinos just made a different innovation of it.. unfortunately, these drivers don't follow regular traffic laws, some of them are even competing with drivers in the main roads. so, probably that's why the government wants them decreased or banned.
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
I think a dialogue should have been arranged instead of just throwing them out. though some already decided to go for another form of livelihood, not every one can start a business or there will be a small piece in the market for these very small time entrepreneurs
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello Greedymoney, I am not sure whether such dialogue has been establish already, i doubt if there is even a unique union for these cricket cabs yes, some had already start their own businesses but i don't know much about the others.even the small time business carts aren't even allowed since they have no permit first hand.
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
I remember using the pedicab when i was still teaching at Manila, we never seen those kuligligs before. ut the pedicab was more expensive even at this time. i think it's the pedicab that should be taken out since it's almost out of phase. in our neighborhood. pedicabs are no longer allowed except tricycles.
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello LaadieGerald, I saw this once when i was walking some where in Quiapo, Manila I didn't give much attention to them since i was walking directly towards Lawton. one thing i noticed about them is that they are bigger than the regular pedicab. but I thought they were water powered vehicles, i guess i was wrong
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
It is truelly an Innovation and it's completely different from other first made designs from other countries. but of course, our government isn't the kind who treasure much of our innovations.some of our best are no longer on the country and other nations benefits from it.
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello Mika, It is indeed sad that such innovation did not put into improvement or modification from our dept. of science and technology at leastinstead of focusing on keeping inventions intellectual property on who mades it. well, we have our best still but we lacked on how to managed it.
@romzz05 (573)
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
What i know is the municipality is not trying to get rid of them. They just dont want the kuliglig in the main road since they are causing traffic and they are endangering other motorists.
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello Romzz05, Well, we do have Tricycles here who dares cross the main road. i remember one when we are going home using my brothers car. it was indeed very annoying that my brother keep buzzing the driver, foolishly looked as if he's too ignorant to know that he's in the way.
@mspitot (3833)
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
I saw that on the news at work but I wasn't able to hear the news completely. I felt bad for those people who want to earn money in a good way. They should be given a chance to work. Why don't they just give those drivers some rules in their 'biahe' instead of sweeping them all.
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello mspitot, I believe they can't because they need budget for it also for the executive department mostly the municipality to implement on these funds to enforce law on the drivers. but there's no such system exist, so rallies will continue to happen as they EO bans them from actually using the kuliglig service
@deve_annrn (1857)
• Philippines
2 Dec 10
I have nothing much to say about those kuliglig.., But I really pity those people who depends on those as their main source of income.., what will happen to them now =(
• Philippines
3 Dec 10
Hello deve, despite the fact they are less mannered and most tend to be abusive in terms of asking fare from passengers, they have nothing else to start over with their lives.I'd rather have them using this services rather than be criminals.
@syoti20 (5295)
• Philippines
3 Jan 11
Kuliglig should be not given authorization roaming around in main city. They are not paying any tax. If they like to pursue roaming around then they have to pay tax since all the taxi driver are paying taxes every month.