Para walang colorum: Manila starts free registration of ‘padyak’

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The city government under Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has started the mass registration of thousands of “padyak” or pedicabs plying the city streets.

Estrada said this pedicab registration campaign has two principal objectives: get rid of colorum while at the same time improve the livelihood of duly licensed pedicab drivers in Manila.

“We know that these lowly pedicab drivers only want to earn a living,” the Manila mayor said, “so we have thought of helping them by having their vehicles registered and given transport franchises, free of charge.”

In addition, Estrada said the legally licensed pedicab drivers/operators will also get to avail of the wide array of free services and programs being offered by the city government such as free hospitalization and healthcare and capital assistance, among others.