The DILG issued on July 15, 2020 an advisory informing local government units (LGUs) that back-riding on motorcycles shall be allowed but subject to certain conditions.
To ensure its proper implementation, the LGUs are tasked to monitor the observance of the following in their areas of responsibility:
1. Motorcycle back-riding shall be allowed for couples living in the same household;
2. Valid IDs shall be presented as proof that said persons are either living together, are married to one another, or have any relation to one another, such as common law marriage, boyfriend and girlfriend;
3. A safety barrier or shield whose design is duly approved by the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), and the National Task Force for COVID-19 (NTF) must be placed between the driver and the passenger;
4. Said persons riding on motorcycles shall observe the minimum public health standards set forth by the Department of Health (DOH), such as the wearing of face masks; and
5. Riders shall also observe all road-safety measures during their ride to include the donning of appropriate motorcycle safety headwear or crash helmets.
LGUs are also advised to coordinate with their local Philippine National Police (PNP) units for its proper implementation in consonance with the PNP memorandum dated July 9, 2020, entitled ‘Motorcycle Pillion Riding or Back-Riding’.
The said memorandum was issued pursuant to the pronouncements of DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Ano, and the supporting statement of Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on July 9, 2020.
Included in the PNP memorandum was the prototype submitted by Governor Arthur Yap of Bohol province.