Pasig City mayor, Vico Sotto, urges his constituents not to backride or ride pillion within Pasig City yet. In an announcement on his official social media page, the young mayor has said there are still no official national guidelines on backriding and enforcement from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). As such, the city cannot allow it yet.
Although Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary, Eduardo Año, announced yesterday that backriding will be allowed among “couples living in the same household,” there are certain prerequisites.
A rider with a pillion in Valenzuela City was already issued a ticket for riding without the required backride shield.
In a separate announcement yesterday, Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, said that only MARRIED COUPLES will be allowed to ride together on a motorcycle, and will need to present a photocopy of their valid marriage certificate as proof of their union.
With seemingly conflicting rules, the City of Pasig doesn't seem too keen on taking a chance, particularly since the rules are still vague and may be easily misinterpreted by enforcement officers.