Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas of Talisay City, Vice Mayor Nicepuro Apura of Carcar City, and Mayor Joannes Alegado of Consolacion town appealed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to lift the ban against motorcycle back-riding.
According to these mayors, allowing back-riding would help address the problem on lack of transport services in their respective areas.
The ban on motorcycle back-riding have started since March and was strictly implemented even between family members, to adhere to social distancing.
“Ako lang unta nga mapadayon na nga pwede mag-angkas kay mao na ang main transportation sa city (Talisay) especially for family members. Hopefully, they can reconsider their position,”– Talisay City Mayor Sam Gullas
Vice Mayor Apura has assured that measures will be implemented to prevent traffic congestion at the border checkpoints where proof of relations is presented.
Mayor Alegado also prefers motorcycle taxis or “habal-habal” over four-wheeled vehicles where social distancing is often not observed.
Motorcycles are a big part of the life in the city and of the whole province of Cebu so this plea would go a long way in easing the day-to-day struggle of every Cebuano.
The Province of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu City have been placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) while Cebu City and Mandaue City are on extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until May 31, 2020.