Sara Duterte asks Davao City police to allow maximum tolerance for motorcycle back riding

Robie de Guzman   •   July 13, 2020   •   376

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte told local traffic management and law enforcers to observe “maximum tolerance” on the riders’ relationship when implementing the national policy on motorcycle back riding.

In a memorandum dated July 10, Duterte said a passenger should be allowed to ride pillion regardless of relationship to the driver as long as health safety requirements are followed.

Mayor Sara noted that in the memorandum from the Philippine National Police allowing the motorcycle back riding, riders are required to wear face mask and crash helmet and the use a barrier between the passenger and driver that covers the neck and does not extend beyond the top of the head of the driver.

The memo includes a photo of a sample wearable barrier that “is similar to a backpack.”

“In view of the above requirements, it seems that the relationship between the driver and the passenger is inconsequential given that these will be the same requirements that will be required for other individuals unrelated to each other. Please allow maximum tolerance in this regard,” Duterte said in her memo.

“Basta may barrier hindi na mag-ma-matter ang relationship ng driver sa passenger. In fact kung mag-rerequire ka ng barrier sa mag-asawa eh magsasama pa rin naman sila paggabi sa bahay at sa kwarto,” she said in a separate interview.

Mayor Sara said the wearable barrier is an alternative design that may be used in addition to the Bohol sample, referring to the makeshift protective shield design proposed by Bohol Governor Arthur Yap. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lucille Lloren)

Physical barrier in motorcycle back-riding, not safe — experts

Maris Federez   •   July 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME) insists that the use of a physical barrier in motorcycle back-riding is not safe.

A study conducted by the PSME said that scientific analysis showed that barriers will bring a negative effect on the safety and health of motorcycle riders, as well as on the economy and the environment.

“Our position is based on the science and engineering of how air interacts with moving bodies, or in the engineering community, we call it fluid dynamics or aerodynamics. Based on our analysis, the barrier may contribute negatively to safety, health, economy, and environment,” the PSME said in its statement.

Barriers will affect the aerodynamic or wind forces that a running motorcycle can withstand based on its design, and pose problem its stability.

“When the motorcycle is in motion, the barrier will contribute to the change of the designed allowable aerodynamic forces (drag and lift) which will compromise the stability of the motorcycle. This will place the safety of the riders at risk,” the group added.

The National Task Force against COVID-19, however, said that it will push through implementing the use of barriers in motorcycle back-riding as they see it as a necessity.

The task force also extended the deadline of the installation of an approved design of barriers on motorcycles.

“Halos tatlong linggo ‘yong binigay na grace period para sa ating mga authorized back-riding individuals na maka-produce nitong mga barriers na gagamitin nila para dito sa ating implementasyon,” said JTF COVID Shield Commander, PLtGen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar. (with inputs from Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

Sara Duterte to skip father’s 5th SONA

Robie de Guzman   •   July 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, said she will not be attending the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte which is set to be held on Monday, July 27 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

In an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio on Wednesday, Duterte-Carpio said she is skipping this year’s SONA because she wants to avoid the cumbersome health requirements like going through swab testing and 14-day mandatory requirement as imposed on Davao-bound passengers to curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Hindi pa ako dumadaan sa RT-PCR testing and of course, pag ganyan babalik na naman ako sa pagho-home quarantine ng 14 days. It’s not something na I want to do again kay dumaan na ako sa ganyan,” she said referring to the time she underwent home quarantine last March after her meeting in Manila with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who came in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

Mayor Sara also said she would rather stay in Davao City than travel to Manila to witness her father address the nation.

She also advised the public to watch the president’s SONA to hear about his administration’s accomplishments and other plans before his term ends in 2022. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Marisol Montaño)

Davao City eyes new protocols for returning residents, Davao-bound travelers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2020

The Davao City Government will be enforcing new protocols for returning residents, including Davao-bound passengers to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said they have begun implementing the COVID-19 ‘Test and Wait’ mechanism for returning Davao City residents, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and the locally stranded individuals (LSIs).

“It means that we test them and let them wait in a holding area. When the results come out, they can go home for home quarantine,” she said.

Meanwhile, Duterte has requested the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to require all Davao City-bound passengers to submit a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours of the departure date.

The Davao International Airport (DIA) resumed operations last June 8 and has been receiving OFWs, LSIs, and commercial flight passengers since it reopened.

The Davao mayor already raised concerns over the increasing cases of COVID-19. Based on reports, many of the cases are returning individuals from Manila. AAC


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