Misamis Occidental Rep. Nonoy Ty is urging the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to allow people from same household to ride a motorcycle together, a practice known as “backriding.”
In a statement, Ty said backriding of family members living in the same household shouldn’t pose a concern for spreading COVID-19. The IATF has barred motorcycle backriding to help stop the spread of virus.
“They don’t practice social distancing inside their homes anyway, so why stop them from riding a motorcycle together,” Ty said.
The lawmaker said the government’s existing policy of a single rider on a motorcycle could be perceived as anti-poor.
Ty suggested that local government units (LGUs), particularly the barangays, formulate mechanisms to ensure that only people belonging to the same household are aboard the motorcycle.
“As we open the economy, it will help our poor motorcycle-riding kababayans who ride motorbikes to work and to get needed supplies,” he said.