In a calculated manner, the government has eased the prohibition on some models of public transport as the health authorities’ efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic gain traction in several parts of the country.
In doing so, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has specifically referred to buses, jeepneys, and even tricycles, provided they strictly observe social distancing among their passengers to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Buses and jeepneys will be limited to only 50% of their full passenger capacity, for example, while tricycles can only take one passenger.
Pillion riding either for motorcycle taxis or personally owned bikes is still not allowed. But Governor Jonvic Remulla of Cavite has noted that this might result in a shortage of transportation for the commuting public in the event that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted by the government.
There are around 18 million motorcycles in the country, according to the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
Remulla suggests that the IATF should allow pillion riding, provided the rider and the passenger are from one family or the same household. Obviously, motorcycle taxis are still out of the question under his proposal.
Apparently, this seems to be a pressing issue to the governor because Cavite is home to thousands of motorcyclists, many of whom regularly travel to Metro Manila or to adjacent provinces for their jobs.
We still have nine days of ECQ left as of this writing, and Remulla believes this gives the IATF enough time to study his proposal. Do you think this will be a good idea?