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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, May 22, 2020
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‘Allow riding in tandem for families’
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

 

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panglungsod is requesting Mayor Evelio Leonardia to allow riding in tandem on motorcycles between immediate family members in the city.

The SP also urged the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Bacolod City to consider two passengers in tricycles provided the standard health protocol of social distancing is observed.

The two resolutions, authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos, were passed by the SP during its regular session on Wednesday.

Ramos said thatone of the major provisions in Executive Order No. 35 while Bacolod City was under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), was the suspension of all kinds of mass transportation, tricycles included, to restrict the movement of people to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The executive order only allows limited operations of public transportations, limited permission to conduct business, exercise of profession, and engagement in employment.

RIDING IN TANDEM

Due to limited operation of public transport, Ramos said it will be expedient to allow immediate family members to ride in tandem on motorcycles provided they can show proof of their identity.

He pointed out that transmission and exposure to the virus is possible for family members staying in one house and not merely confined to riding in tandem on motorcycle.

Allowing riding in tandem between immediate family members will remain in force while the GCQ is in force, the resolution added.

Earlier, several motorcycle groups in Bacolod City wrote Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, chair of the city's inter-agency task force against COVID-19, seeking reconsideration on the restriction imposed on riding in tandem.

The group said that their family members, especially those who are frontliners, are more at risk of getting infected by the virus if they take public transportation, with the additional economic burden.

NO AID FOR DRIVERS

They also cited that they are running out of resources considering that they are not beneficiaries of financial aid from the government such as the Social Amelioration Program, 4Ps, CAMP and other programs.

Meanwhile, the SP would like the IATF-Bacolod to allow two passengers in tricycles, modifying the national guidelines of one passenger, provided that standard health protocol of social distancing is observed by installing a barrier between the driver and passengers.

Required sanitary measures like wearing of face mask and frequent sanitizing will also be strictly enforced, the resolution added.

Ramos said thatall drivers and operators of public utility vehicles are the most vulnerable and deeply affected by the community quarantine order.

Majority of the drivers and operators, he said, are heads of families who had been denied their daily means of livelihood and had no other means of income to feed their families.

Allowing two passengers in a tricycle, he said, will give the drivers and operators the opportunity to recover lost income.*

 

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