MANILA, Philippines – Interior Secretary Eduardo Año is encouraging the public to start bike commuting now that mass transport remains limited.
He said this will help the public to at least conveniently reach their destinations without being stranded on the streets and increase the risks of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.
“Actually iyan ang gusto nating i-promote, iyong malawakang paggamit ng bisikleta nationwide bilang means ng transportation lalo na kung ang pinapasukan mo is within 10 killometers away lang pwedeng-pwede na sa bike iyan,” Año said during an interview with the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon.
[Actually, that’s what we’d like to promote, the use of bicycles as means of transportation especially if your workplace is within 10-kilometer distance, that’s very accessible for bikes.]
For now, the national government is not yet allowing back riders on motorbikes, and converting motorbikes into tricycles will also not be possible as they are not allowed on national highways.
Seeing the high demand nowadays, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is eyeing on regulating the price of bicycles as well as the price of laptops necessary for work-from-home arrangements.
The DTI is asking businessmen to maintain a reasonable price for such goods which are deemed essential nowadays.
“Hindi masyadong malaki na masyadong masakit for the consumer. Dahil we understand na kailangan din nilang makabawi doon sa mga loses for the past two and a half months pero hindi po para pagsamantalahan na natin ang consumers [An increase that will not hurt the consumers. We understand that they, too, need to recover from their losses from the past two and a half months, but not to the extent that will abuse the consumers],” explained DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo. —MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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