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Back-riding in MECQ areas allowed if passenger is an essential worker —Eleazar

Back-riding on motorcycles in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) is allowed provided that the passenger is an essential worker, Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar said Tuesday.

Interviewed on Unang Hirit, Eleazar explained that due to the limited public transportation in MECQ areas, the national task force has allowed back-riding among authorized persons outside of residence or essential workers.

Eleazar stressed that the travel must always be work-related.

"Kagabi po nagkaroon ng pagpupulong ang national task force at ako po ay naimbitahan doon kasama ang mga city mayors at nagbigay po ng guideline ang NTF through Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Secretary Eduardo Año na papayagan na po under MECQ 'yun pong back-riding dahil nga suspended ang public transport only dito po sa mga, kung ang backride natin or itong ating pasahero o tinatawag nating angkas is an essential worker o APOR," Eleazar said.

Eleazar said motorcycles should still have the required safety barriers to ensure the protection of the driver and the passenger. He added that the driver and the passenger do not need to be married couples or partners living in same residences.

"Ngayon siyempre andoon pa rin 'yung barrier na required doon at saka pati 'yung motorsiklo ay dapat po ay privately-owned, hindi siya for hire. 'Yung travel na 'yun dapat hindi siya inupahan," Eleazar said.

Eleazar also said the driver transporting the essential worker does not need to be an APOR.

"Regardless kung APOR o di APOR ang maghahatid sa kaniya, puwede na rin po 'yun. Icoconsider na rin po 'yun," he said.

Meanwhile, Eleazar reminded that for those areas under general community quarantine, same rules apply in back-riding wherein it is only allowed among married couples and partners living together and that a barrier is needed.

The government has placed the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Riza under MECQ starting August 4 to 18 after medical frontliners asked for a stricter quarantine status for two weeks. —KBK, GMA News