Roque: Back-riding on motorcycles allowed 'in principle'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) — The government is one step closer to allowing back riding on motorcycles again, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Saturday.

"Pinapayagan na in principle ang back riding (in motorcycles) upon the approval of the requirements na ise-set ng technical working group," said Roque in the regular Laging Handa virtual briefing.

[Translation: Back riding in motorcycles is already allowed in principle upon the approval of the requirements that will be set by the technical working group.]

The technical working group, which was tasked to determine the safest and most effective manner to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in back riding, is composed of the Department of Transportation, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Philippine Standards and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

"[M]alapit na po ang back riding. Pero kinakailangan ang NTF (National Task Force) po ang mag-issue ng mga guidelines," Roque said.

[Translation: Back riding will be allowed soon. However, the NTF must be the one to issue the guidelines for it.]

Backrides on motorcycles remain prohibited in general community quarantine areas, even for married couples. This is to ensure enough space between the driver and passenger, helping prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, authorities said.