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Negros Oriental bans motorcycle back riders due to COVID-19 threat

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By Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Negros Oriental Police Director Col. Julian Entoma is appealing to the public to strictly observe social distancing as he announced that they will start prohibiting two persons from riding on a single motorcycle on March 27 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Habal-habal or motorcycle drivers go through safe driving training in Plaza Sugbo in Cebu City in preparation for the implementation of the habal-habal online booking application. (Juan Carlo de Vela|Manila Bulletin)

(Juan Carlo de Vela|Manila Bulletin file photo)

Entoma warned the public, particularly those who are using motorcycles for private use, to refrain from carrying a passenger or “angkas” as they will be held liable for it.

He also said that motorcycles used as public conveyance or locally known as “habal-habal” traveling in the streets of the city and different parts of the province have already been strictly prohibited to carry passengers during the community quarantine period.

He said that the banning of motorcycle back riders was part of the government’s preventive measures to stop the spread of the infectious disease in the province. “This is also for your own safety and security,” he added.

He said that those who will be caught violating the law will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

He encouraged everyone to cooperate and follow the guidelines set forth by the government to totally stop the disease from spreading putting everyone at risk.

“Remember that the best thing to do is to stay at home and be safe,” he said.

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