Angkas Pass in Olonggapo Will not Be Implemented Yet

Date posted on May 27, 2020
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An executive order allowing and regulating passengers for private motorcycles was issued by Olonggapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr. on May 21. The City Government considered the fact that persons in the same household are in constant contact with each other and it is deemed proper to allow motorcycle backriding for persons sharing the same household. This is also to address the difficulty in reduced operations of public transportation and to lessen possible transmission in PUVs.

Motorcycle riders that have an “Angkas Pass” are allowed to have one backride when travelling within the jurisdiction of Olonggapo City. The angkas must be a resident of Olonggapo and his/her name must be indicated in the rider’s Angkas Pass which must be brought while travelling. Two persons may be allowed as the rider’s registered angkas (indicated in a single pass). These persons must be living in the same household together with the rider and must also be an Allowed Person Outside of Residence.

The Angkas Pass issued by the Office of the City Mayor is applicable only for work related activity or access to essential needs such as food, medicine and medical service.

Unfortunately, Mayor Paulino Jr. was given directive to not implement the Angkas Pass. In compliance, Olonggapo City issued Executive Order No. 54-A, “An Order Amending Executive Order No. 54 Series of 2020 Allowing and Regulating Passengers for Private Motorcycles in the City of Olongapo During the COVID-19” last May 25. Olonggapo City explained to the IATF their stand regarding this and appealed for the agency to change their policies as mtorocycle backriding of members of the same household will ineed help many.

Several local government officials have asked the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases to allow motorcycle backriding at least for couples or immediate family member to address lack of public transportation. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Lalbella, Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas, Carcar City Vice Mayor Nicepuro Apura and Consolacion Mayor Joannes Alegado were among to ask for the DoTr to allow motorcycle backriders. The province of Rizal and Ako Bicol party-list Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr. also wrote to the IATF requesting the same.

With the difficulty of public transportation nowadays, motorcycle backriding for members of the same household is really safer and a big help. We hope these will be considered. InsideRACING followers voiced out their agreement to this in this post.

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