HPG rider training takes off again with PBBM's son as trainee

The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has relaunched the Executive Motorcycle Riding Course (EMRC). This time, with two classes that include 50 civilians and the President’s youngest son, William Vincent Marcos.

The opening ceremony was held at the PNP Headquarters on October 5, 2022, with no less than the PNP chief, PGen. Rodolfo Azurin, Jr., as the guest of honor and speaker.

According to PGen. Azurin, the EMRC trainees must focus on safe and disciplined motorcycle riding as it is the one distinguishing element that is a critical yet often missing aspect on most motorcycle riding courses.

Mandatory rider training

Four years ago during the 24th Annual National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines Convention in Legazpi City, Albay, then-president, Rodrigo Duterte, announced that he wants to end anarchy on the streets and has called on the HPG to train motorcycle riders.

“The roads are not really safe. Maraming motorsiklo na mura and everybody could buy it. (There are a lot of affordable motorcycles and everybody can buy it)” “Walang mga lisensya yan at walang rehistro. Walang mga insurance. (They don’t have licenses, registration, or insurance).” He then added, “If you look at it very carefully, there is really anarchy in the streets.”

Yung mga bata o tao na gustong magsali sa training, (the kids or adults who wish to join training) the only requirement is you are just a Filipino, period.” the President added, hinting that the Highway Patrol Group would be tasked to formulate and conduct the mandatory motorcycle riding courses if implemented.

Four years later, the only training motorcycle riders have is the basic riding course which is offered for free at TESDA and with a fee at select LTO-accredited driving schools.

Additionally, a bill was filed in 2018 by Sen. JV Ejercito which is intended to educate all motorcycle riders on the proper rules and regulations of the road, as well as the appropriate safety practices required when operating a motorcycle.