Tricycle Pollution Reduction, Philippines
Driving tricycles generates income and does not require much skill, so it has become the livelihood of choice for many in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The number of tricycles on the road has contributed to the noise and air pollution problems of the city.
In a 2003 survey conducted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), it found that 70 percent of Puerto Princesa's tricycle drivers do not properly maintain their tricycles, which could help cut down its noise and improve pollution emissions. Maintenance costs cut into their net daily income of P100 to P150 pesos (under $3). The Air and Noise Pollution Reduction Strategies Project has been funded by PEP to reduce the air and noise pollution from tricycles in Puerto Princesa.
For this purpose, the Tricycle sa Kabuhayan at Ekolohiya (TRIKE) Fund was initiated to provide seed money for other means of livelihood and soft loans for operators and drivers to upgrade their engines from two-stroke to four-stroke engines considering that a four-stroke engine emits less noise and air pollution. In February and April 2006, the preventive maintenance trainings for tricycle drivers and operators were conducted with the assistance from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of the Palawan Provincial Office. By the end of July, 481 drivers had attended (exceeding target of 400).