In an interview with veteran broadcaster Jay Taruc, Bohol governor Arthur Yap, the government official who proposed the controversial motorcycle shield design, advised stakeholders to wait for the final approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases before they react or criticize.
“Hindi po exclusive sa amin ang disenyo na iyan. Marami na pong naglabasan na disenyo para sa protective shield. Kami lang po ang masigasig na ipursige iyan,” the local official said.
In fact, Yap says his version of the acrylic barrier has already undergone several changes after more than a month of testing in the province to improve not only the safety of both rider and passenger, but also to ensure their comfort. He reiterated that the design he and his team submitted to the IATF was not built for high speeds. With increased wind drag caused by the acrylic sheet, riders must lessen their normal speed by 30% to make sure the motorbike remains stable at all times. Based on studies, the prototype barrier may cost only between P700 to P800.
For those who are already entertaining thoughts of fabricating their own protective shield, here’s the governor’s advice:“Hintayin po muna natin ang final green light ng IATF in writing.” Fair enough?