Mindanao

CDO allows ‘back-ride’ on motorcycles amid MECQ

By Franck Dick Rosete and Nef Luczon

CHOKE POINT. Motorists coming from the eastern side of Misamis Oriental, mostly motorcycle drivers, wait to get through a checkpoint at the Tagoloan-Bugo border, on the second day of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ in Cagayan de Oro City on Wednesday (June 2, 2021). The city’s Roads and Traffic Administration said “back-riding” on motorcycles is allowed only for front-liners and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence. (Photo courtesy of Echo Bravo Papa via OBM FB Page)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The local government here on Wednesday announced that “back-riding” for the motorcycle-riding public is allowed despite the imposition of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

Benedicto Y. Ramiro, Administrative Officer of the City’s Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA), in an online press briefing, said back-ride is allowed provided passengers are health care front-liners and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR).

“As long as they follow health protocols by wearing their helmets and children should not be allowed,” he said, adding that “barriers” are no longer required.

The concerns on “back-riding” was addressed by the RTA following queries from the public who rely most of their transportation needs on motorcycles.

The “motorelas,” the local motorcycle public transportation, is under the city’s management, which Ramiro said no longer requires a special permit as long as the capacity remains at 50 percent.

He said failure to comply with these rules will be penalized based on existing ordinance, and will be issued citation tickets or ordinance violation receipts.

Other modes of public transportation, such as jeepneys and taxis, are monitored by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) that are required to secure a special permit to operate based on the omnibus guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. 

Meanwhile, LTFRB 10 (Northern Mindanao) Director Aminoden Guro said apart from observing the 50-percent capacity, in public transport, drivers are also directed to impose the seven commandments formulated by health experts.

These include always wearing of face mask and face shield, not allowing the of taking calls inside public utility vehicle, not allowing to eat inside PUV, proper ventilation, frequent disinfection of PUVs, not allowing symptomatic passengers, and following the physical distancing.

“We only issued special permits for those who have a valid franchise or certificate of public convenience or probational authority,” he said.

The agency, he said, also provided chartered buses for free transportation to ferry health care workers and APOR who might get stranded in the city. 

Philippine News Agency

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