Kuliglig (vehicle)

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A rural kuliglig. ("Returning Home" by Nigel Goodman c/o Flickr.com. Some rights reserved)

A kuliglig is commonly a rural vehicle comprising a two-wheeled trailer pulled by a hand-tractor. It is a multi purpose vehicle using an exposed diesel or gasoline engine, commonly use in the provinces of the Philippines. Meanwhile, in the City of Manila, kuligligs are motorized pedicabs, which ply the streets of Quiapo, Tondo, Manila, and Divisoria. Like the pedicab, the urban kuligligs are unregistered and are used for public transportation in short routes. According to the city government of Manila, around 10,000 kuligligs ply the city's streets.


Common uses (rural kuliglig)

  • Carabao replacement. It is a more handy and faster tool for farming.
  • When connected with a trailer, it can be used for transportation of people or farm goods from town to town.
  • When connected with a water pump, it can be used for irrigation on the rice and vegetable fields, and sometimes used for fish ponds.
  • When connected with a grindstone, it can be used for sharpening knives, sanding and steel brushing.
  • On some occasions or festivals, it is use as a float for parades.<ref>ARYA ABRA's CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE</ref>
  • It is sometimes used for races. <ref>The Philippines as a rising star in Formula racing</ref>

Vehicle registration

According to the Land Transportation Office, the rural kuliglig owner does not need to register his vehicle since it has no serial number and has purpose other than transportation.<ref>Multipurpose ‘kuliglig’ helps family man</ref>

Unlike its rural counterpart, the urban kuliglig was recently banned in Manila through city mayor Alfredo S. Lim's Executive Order 17, which was issued on 1 December 2010. Lim argues that the kuligligs are not registered to the LTO because of its use of "boat motor" is in violation of the Clean Air Act and that kuliglig drivers usually violate local traffic rules.

Recently, a protest rally held by the Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Pedicab at Kuliglig Draybers (Alliance of United Pedicab and Kuliglig Drivers) to oppose the order was dispersed violently by the Manila Police District. Dozens of kuliglig drivers and supporters were arrested and injured. The group reasoned that Lim's order would rob them of their livelihood. Transport center Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon (Unity of Transport Workers) seconded that group's call of scrapping Lim's order, but also called for the immediate registration and legalization of the kuligligs and for cooperation between the city government and the drivers for a more orderly traffic system in the city.


  2. ^ The Philippines as a rising star in Formula racing
  3. ^ Multipurpose ‘kuliglig’ helps family man
  4. ^ Lim explains ‘kuliglig’ ban to DZIQ. The Philippine Daily Inquirer. (Accessed on 6 December 2010).
  5. ^ Gamil, Jaymee. ‘Kuliglig’ drivers block traffic in Manila. The Philippine Daily Inquirer. (Accessed on 6 December 2010).
  6. ^ Maningat, Jose Carlos. Traffic republic: no place for kuligligs. The Philippine Online Chronicles. (Accessed on 6 December 2010).
  7. ^ Phase-out ng kuliglig sa Maynila Hindi Makatarungan, Labanan! Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Transportasyon. (Accessed on 6 December 2010).



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