City Chief-of-Police Lt. Col. Mark Gifter Sucalit said that the Philippine National Police will implement the directive of the Department of Interior and Local Government to regulate backriding on motorcycles, but only for couples living in the same household.
In addition, the couples must use a safety barrier or shield that was approved by the IATF National Task Force COVID-19, which shall be placed between the driver and the passenger.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año also tasked the provincial and city governments to monitor the proper implementation of the policy as a means to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
While Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has reservations of said policy, he is requesting Lt. Col. Sucalit to at least conduct a massive information campaign first before embarking on operations to apprehend supposed violators.
The IATF National Task Force COVID-19 requires that valid IDs shall be presented as proof that the said persons are living together or are married to one another or have any relation to one another (common law marriage, boyfriend and girlfriend, etc.); that persons riding on motorcycles shall observe the minimum public health standards set forth by the Department of Health, such as the wearing of face masks and other relevant PPEs and that riders shall also observe all road-safety measures such as the donning of appropriate motorcycle safety headwear or crash helmets.