Soon, motorcycle back riding will be allowed again.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Saturday, June 20, at the Laging Handa virtual briefing, that it is already approved, technically.
He said, "Pinapayagan na in principle ang back riding upon the approval of the requirements na ise-set ng technical working group."
Roque added that they are just awaiting the approval for the guidelines on back riding, which does not adhere to the social-distancing protocol.
The technical working group includes government agencies, such as the Department of Transportation, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health, Metro Manila Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, and Bureau of Philippine Standards.
As stated in the Resolution No. 47 of Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases, the aforementioned government agencies are "directed to convene and determine the safest and most effective manner to reduce the rate of transmission in back riding motorcycles."
It further stated, “For this purpose, this mode of transportation is hereinafter allowed in principle, upon the approval of the requirements to be set by this Technical Working Group.”
This is a welcome development to the public given that the commuters still have limited means of transportation, since Metro Manila was placed under general community quarantine on June 1.
Phase 1 (June 1-21), train systems; point-to-point buses; cabs and transport network vehicles services (TNVS), such as Grab; shuttle services and bicycles are allowed on the road.
Phase 2, which is expected to start this June 22 until June 30, will allow modern jeepneys, bus, UV Express to operate.
Motor bicycles are also allowed, but, before the Palace's announcement, back riding was prohibited.