By Jason B. Neola
NAGA CITY --- The Sangguniang Bayan of Canaman, Camarines Sur has passed and adopted a resolution authorizing their Municipal Mayor, Henry P. Ragodon, to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Municipal Government of Camaligan town relative to the operation of trimobiles that pass through the two neighboring municipalities.
The resolution, dated February 7, 2017, states clearly that the authority is being given in compliance with the recent Order of Branch 61 Regional Court Trial Judge Soliman M. Santos Jr. that provides for a Court-preferred compromise settlement of the civil case for injunction with application for TRO and writ of preliminary injunction which is dependent upon a MOA relative to the operation of a trimobile association whose units pass through common connecting roads of both municipalities.
Judge Santos stressed that the court-preferred compromise settlement of the case envisions and depends on the two defendant municipalities executing and putting into effect a memorandum of agreement (MOA) governing the plying of tricycles by members of the SIMSDTODA of Dugcal Road, Camaligan connecting Barangays Sua and Del Rosario in Canaman.
He furthered that the emerging key terms of the settlement which nevertheless be subject to the local government processes of the two defendant municipalities is for the SIMSDTODA drivers to be allowed to pass through and unload passengers on Dugcal Road but not to pick up passengers unless for an emergency situation.
According to records of the case, members of the Camaligan Deputized Traffic Enforcers (Cadete) conducted series of apprehensions of tricycle drivers with franchises approved by the Municipality of Canaman while they pass by Dugcal Road from Barangay Sua to Barangay Del Rosario, the latter belonging to Canaman town. There is no other road that connects Sua to Del Rosario but Dugcal Road which is located within Camaligan town. It was argued that no local government can prohibit the passage of any vehicle, public or private, along a national road, referring to Dugcal Road.
Last January 17, as reported in this paper, Judge Santos, with the issuance of a temporary restraining order on the case has ordered the authorities of Camaligan to stop apprehending tricycle drivers of nearby Canaman town who pass by the road in the former town while going to their true destination.