Restrictions eased on motorcycle backriding, face shields

Pillon riding or motorcycle back riding is now allowed for everyone other than couples while wearing of face shield is no longer mandatory to drivers after the city government of Davao amended Executive Order (EO) No. 47-A on Thursday. 

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the city has amended the said EO following the pronouncement of Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) who said that the agency is leaving the decision to the local chief executives on how to implement the policy on motorcycle back riding during the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meeting last Tuesday.  

Under EO No. 47-A Section 13, pillon riding or back riding is allowed for all and will not be limited to couples only, however, wearing of face mask, helmet, and barrier will still be observed. 

Mayor Sara said the barrier may be made with any design or material provided that it will cover the upper body of the driver but not extend above the head. 

“Because nag-ingon si Secretary Año na “we leave it to the local chief executives to look at the situation and adjust the implementation of policy”. Sa atoa dinhi naa gihapon ang barrier kay required and mandated man sa doctor,” she said.  

In terms of the face shield, Mayor Sara said in Section 2-B.1 of EO No. 47, face shield that covers the mouth area is optional to the general public but is mandatory for employees of offices and establishments where there is high volume of people moving inside the premises. 

“Face shield is mandatory for employees whose job is receiving clients, waitress, security guards and all others in the frontlines. where the job of the worker puts him impact with other individuals,” she said. 

In Section 2-B.2, the mandatory use of face shield among drivers of jeepneys, buses, vans for hire, tricycles, and other public utility vehicles has been removed, however, the driver should ensure protection by mounting barriers around him just like what the taxi drivers did. 

“Pag-ingon ana there is no need for face shield. For review usahay man gud ang mga tao malimtan nila kung ngano gina implement isa ka policy. Ang laway nga naay kagaw na mulagpot unya ma-inhale sa isa ka tao mao na siya ang mag-cause na matakdan ka. Kanang face mask, face shield ug barriers mag prevent na siya na mulagpot padulong sa imoha ug mahnaggba nimo ang laway,” Mayor Sara said. 

The said meeting was also attended by Health Secretary Francisco Duque, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Chief Implementer of the Philippines’ Declared National Policy Against Covid-19 Carlito Galvez, and mayors and governors of Davao Region.