Manila Removing Trikes, Pedicabs From Roads


The city of Manila is set to remove and phase out gasoline run tricycles, kuligligs and pedicabs by October, according to President turned Mayor Erap Estrada.

The 25,000 strong population of these sometimes vital, occasionally dangerous passenger vehicles will be removed from the city and replaced by electronic tricycles to reduce carbon emissions and to achieve Mayor Estrada’s goal of making the city the country’s electronic trike capital.

“By (Oct. 15), strictly there will be no more kuligligs, gasoline-run tricycles and pedicabs. We want Manila to become the e-trike capital of the Philippines and to make Manila a green city,” he said in an interview given to the Philippine Star.

The city government had initially earmarked around Php 120 million to buy 10,000 seven-seater e-trikes.

Estrada reasoned that the new, electric tricycles would be more profitable to run and operate than their gas combustion counterparts, as the government would shoulder the electric charging cost to run the vehicles.

“Tricycle drivers are paying a daily boundary of P150 and are spending P200 for their gasoline. That is P350 per day. On an e-trike, they will not spend a single centavo for gasoline. The battery charging will be shouldered by the city government,” Estrada said.

The qualified tricycle drivers and bona-fide city residents who will receive the vehicles will pay Php 150 to 200 per day for four years. They will also have to get uniforms in orange, the mayor’s trademark color.

The city will trial the program in Binondo, and each route will get its own pickup station and charging stations.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.


  1. It’s about time. I hope Metro Manila could also do the same for Jeeps. However, imo orange is annoying and eye-straining to look at. They could’ve used plain colors that blends well with nature like black, white, or green to live up with it’s main goal and not with their political ambition. I also strongly hope the e-trikes will not be imprinted with “Project by Mayor Erap”bs because it’s also too fuc*ing annoying. 😀

  2. Lakas ng kickback nila Estrada ah. This should have been direct trade-in at wala nang bayad, or at least significantly discounted price.

  3. Una, E-jeepney pagkatapos, yung Beep naman. Asan na kaya mga yun? Wala na akong balita. Lakas nilang magsalitang papalitan nila ng mga electric jeepney ang lahat ng diesel powered jeepney sa buong bansa. Asan na kaya ang plano nilang yun? Ngayon, E-trike. May mangyari naman kaya? Abangan natin.

    Sa tingin ko, maraming aalmang mga operators and drivers dito.

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