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January 12, 2022

DOTr's No Vaccination, No Ride Policy Now In Effect Over NCR

The Department of Transportation (DOTr)’s no vaccination, no ride policy for public transportation to and from and within Metro Manila is now in effect (UPDATE: the DOTr is moving the full implementation to Monday, January 17, 2022). This comes after the MMDA urged Metro Manila mayors to come up with their own local ordinances.

Reflected in Department Order No. 2022-001, the DOTr will enforce the no vaccination, no ride policy while COVID-19 Alert Level 3 or higher remains in effect in Metro Manila or if determined or modified by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF).

Under the Department Order, PUV operators, be it land, sea, or air, shall only allow access or issue tickets to fully vaccinated persons as evidenced by a physical or digital copies of an LGU (local government unit)-issued vaccine card, or any IATF-prescribed document, along with a valid government issued ID with picture and address.

In order to be classified as fully vaccinated, two weeks must pass after receiving their second dose in a two-dose vaccine, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine.

Exempted from the “no vaccination, no ride” policy are the following:
  • Persons with medical conditions that prevent their full COVID-19 vaccination as shown by a duly-signed medical certificate with the name and contact details of their doctor.
  • Persons who will buy essential goods and services, such as but not limited to food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, energy, work, and medical and dental necessities, as shown by a duly issued barangay health pass or other proof to justify travel.
Under the Order, violations of the policy are considered violations of applicable general safety and health provisions under any concession or service agreements, authority or permits to operate of public transportation.

Lead Photo courtesy of Carmelo Dado/CNN Philippines

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