Transportation has been the major issue of the Community Quarantine. Many were not able to go out due to lack of public transportation.
Recently the government allowed again the riding in tandem for motorcycles but with a condition. To install physical barriers approved by the government and only for couples.
July 26 deadline is extended to July 31 to let motorcycle riders install barriers to separate the driver from the passenger. This is due to “mounting requests” from motorcycle riders as they have a hard time buying materials for the protective shields.
The barrier is required due to the safety precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Aside from the shield, motorcycle-riding couples must wear their face masks and helmets.
The idea started when couples are doing riding and tandem because of the lack of public transportation during the pandemic. The said barrier were designed by the Bohol provincial government and motorcycle ride-hailing company Angkas.
The scope of couples also included are live-in partners and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, provided they are living under one roof.
The government seems to be satisfied with the decision yet, many motorcycle riders are having problems due to the safety of the riders because of a present hindrance that affects the strong gust of wind when riding. Also the problem of getting in and out of items from the seat compartment.
Another problem arises with the financial ability of the rider. It added to the financial burden on poor families who use motorcycles for livelihood and transport. While the excessive fines on violators of the policy could open a new window for corruption.
Source: philstar.com, inquirer.net, cnn.ph
Photo Sources: cnn.ph, Angkas, inquirer.net