A close look at tricycle drivers in Manila

Hilario Satino is a tricycle driver in Manila for the last 27 years. His day starts at 4 am, looking after different commuters and taking them to the places they want. The local government here however intends to bans the tricycle in Katipunan National Highway for safety reasons. But the plan was however kept on hold due to protest from different tricycle organization in the area.

Hilario lives at Dalawang Poste with his wife and four children, near the University of Phlippines. He is renting a house worth P1,500 a month. His average daily income in driving tricycle is around P500 to P600 but most of this goes to rent, food, and other needs in the house.
For Hilario his tricycle is everything. But now as the government intends to ban his tricycle from Kantipunn Avenue—which is one of the many national highways here, he says, days ahead will be difficult.

The Metro Manila Development Authority had banned the tricycles in this Avene three years back, but it was temporary lifted after the tricycle riders filed a complaint. The government officials have been saying that it will improve the traffic within the city, but the tricycle drivers don’t want to miss their decade old customers.
According to a report there are 250,000 sidecars and they are used for transport of any kind of cargo, animals and people. This vehicle normally takes 2 to 4 person normally and is comparatively cheaper than taxis. But if the government bans the tricycles from this avenue, it is likely to affect customers as well as tricycle riders.