The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tagbilaran, led by Vice Mayor Jose Antonio S. Veloso, passed en masse SP Resolution No. 20-96 during its regular session last May 8, 2020 to address the sentiments of the Tagbilaranons who clamor for exemption on the “No Back-Riding Policy” for immediate members of the family. The Resolution requested Bohol Provincial Governor, Atty. Arthur C. Yap, to recommend to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) the exemption of immediate family members from the implementation of the directive issued by DOTr as part of the physical distancing protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.The City Council, in its Resolution, cited that in the City of Tagbilaran as well as in other parts of the province, motorcycles remain the most widely used mode of transportation for many families. With the total ban on back-riding, many have been forced to take public transportation, raising concerns from the public that the policy has only placed more people at risk to COVID-exposure. Also, the policy has increased the need for more public utility vehicles in the city since family members come in separate transportation even when working for the same institution or company. PUVs have been mandated to reduce by 50% the number of passengers they carry in compliance with social distancing rules. The Resolution underscored that families already live in close proximity to each other and that easing the implementation of the no motorcycle back-riding policy to exempt immediate members of the family is reasonable, more convenient for families and much safer. Proof of relationship should, however, be presented upon inspection.A copy of SP Resolution No. 20-96 was sent to Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., Chief Implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 through the IATF Secretariat.
May 18, 2020