Based on the advisory received from the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, Dumaguete City Police OIC Lt. Col. Mark Gifter Sucalit bared that the National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases through DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, approved the extension of grace period for another week (until Sunday, July 26) for couples on motorcycle to utilize barriers or shields when backriding.
Nevertheless, the PNP said that it will continue monitoring and warning those motorists without barriers while citing/ apprehending those with other violations.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año earlier said that back-riding is strictly for husbands and wives, common-law couples, and live-in partners only.
They must “present IDs at Quarantine Control Points or to law enforcers as proof that they are indeed a couple.”
He added that the public’s cooperation and discipline will play a crucial role in fighting the coronavirus. He said that these measures will be in vain “if the people will insist in acting like we were in pre-COVID-19 times.”
The DILG Secretary maintained that in addition to the motorcycle barrier/shield, back-riding couples must always wear their facemask, helmet, and abide by traffic rules. He also reminded police officers to be the first ones to adhere to government regulations.