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Mas ligtas kesa mag-commute! Precious Castelo urges IATF: Allow ‘backriding’ of spouses

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Quezon City Rep. Precious Castelo is urging President Duterte and the inter-agency task force (IATF) against Covid-19 to allow spouses back-riding on motorcycles in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and other areas under general community quarantine.

In a statement Wednesday, June 10, Castelo said it would be safer for a wife to ride with her husband than taking public transport to get to work or do chores.

“At least, she knows that her spouse is not infected. If he were, she would not ride with him and she would isolate him for her family’s safety. I am sure the President and the IATF would appreciate this,” she said.

Castelo said media reports of stranded commuters show the buses fielded by the government are not enough even if trains are also back in operation.

“Thus, we see many employees crowding loading areas for bus passengers and train stations. Allowing back-riding spouses will certainly ease this congestion,” she said.

For easier enforcement, Castelo suggested that the IATF require couples to obtain a certification from their barangay chairman as proof of their marriage and to always have with them a photocopy of their marriage certificate for presentation to law enforcement officers manning checkpoints.