Gov. Garcia signs order allowing motorcycle backriders in Cebu

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2020 12:17 AM

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has signed an executive order that will regulate the use of motorcycles, allowing backriders in the province, especially during the community quarantine period.

Garcia acknowledged there have been requests to pass the backrider policy when lack of public transport is a concern.

"Alang kini sa pamilya ug alang kini sa mga magsakay og motor padung sa trabaho kauban sa pamilya," said Garcia, who made the decision after consulting with government agencies and local chief executives.

(This is for those who have family members who need to travel with them to their work place.)

In addition to the restrictions, such as wearing prescribed helmets and footwear, Garcia said only one passenger is allowed per trip.

Passengers will not be charged a fare, and both driver and passenger are required to wear protective masks.

Garcia clarified that this will only take effect, if the provincial board ratifies it by way of an ordinance.

On Friday, the provincial board is expected to meet for a special session, as Garcia certified the order urgent.

Both Cebu and Mandaue cities are under general community quarantine, while the rest of the province is under modified general quarantine.