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Motorcycle back-riding allowed for couples starting July 10

DAVAO CITY — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday said motorcycle back-riding will be allowed starting Friday, July 10, but only for married couples.

In a virtual press briefing aired from this city, Roque said back-riding will become effective on Friday when the guidelines are formally approved by the National Task Force (NTF) for COVID-19.

He noted that the matter had been earlier approved in principle by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Roque said couples will be required to install shields between the driver and the passenger based on the design of Bohol Governor Arthur Yap.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque showed this photo of the barrier design during the virtual press briefing on Thursday from Davao City.

In Yap’s model, a barrier is placed between the rider and the passenger while a handle is placed on the side of the barrier. The barrier would reach beyond the head of the passengers to assure their health and safety.

Roque said couples will be required to present identification cards as well as photocopies of their marriage contracts to prove that they are married.

In a radio interview, Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año defined couples as those “living in the same household, whether they are married or they are common-law husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend.”

To show proof of being a couple, they should present IDs “with the same surnames.”

He said if they don’t have the same last name, they should have the same address in their IDs.

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