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Return of Angkas âapprovedâ pending guidelines
“For this purpose, this mode of transportation is hereinafter allowed in principle, upon the approval of the requirements to be set by the Technical Working Group,” the IATF said in its resolution.
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Return of Angkas ‘approved’ pending guidelines

Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) - June 21, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Motorcycle back-riding is allowed “in principle” pending the release of health safety guidelines by the government task force addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Under Resolution No. 47, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has directed the Departments of Transportation, of Science and Technology and of Health (DOH), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards to convene and determine the safest and most effective way of reducing the risk of transmission in back-riding in motorcycles.

“For this purpose, this mode of transportation is hereinafter allowed in principle, upon the approval of the requirements to be set by the Technical Working Group (TWG),” the IATF said in its resolution.

The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 led by Secretary Carlito Galvez would issue the guidelines for allowing back-riding.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said back-riding has been approved “in principle… upon the approval of the requirements to be set by the Technical Working Group.”

The DOTr is allowing gradual deployment of public transport from passenger buses to modern jeepneys, tricycles and other modes, depending on the quarantine levels in various areas of the country.

Meanwhile, the IATF has tasked the Department of Foreign Affairs, DOH, Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Ports Authority, Bureau of Immigration and other relevant agencies to draft guidelines for the entry of foreign seafarers for ship crew rotation purposes.

The IATF also directed all member-agencies to conduct an inventory of IATF-issued IDs and begin the process of surrendering IATF IDs issued to persons no longer connected or affiliated with them.

“As such, the IATF IDs shall continue to be in force and effect for so long as the State of Public Health Emergency subsists,” the body said.

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