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January 7, 2022

Vaccination Card To Be Required At Border Checkpoints

Motorists and commuters traveling in and out of Metro Manila and Bulacan will be required to show their vaccination cards at border control points. This was announced by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos, violators would not be penalized, but those without vaccination cards will be barred from entering and will be asked to go back.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier ordered all local governments to recognize and accept either the local government-issued vaccination cards or vaccination digital certificates issued by the Department of Information and Communications Technology for purposes of domestic travel.

Bulacan and Metro Manila are among the areas put by the government under a more restrictive Alert Level 3 of the due to the surge of COVID-19 cases.

Also placed under Alert Level 3 were the provinces of Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna. The PNP, however, has yet to announce if proof of vaccination would also be required to be presented upon entry to these provinces.

On January 3, the Metro Manila Council, composed of the 17 mayors of Metro Manila and local counterparts of government agencies, agreed to impose enhanced restrictions on individuals who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 amid rising coronavirus cases in the NCR.

Under Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Resolution No. 22-01, NCR local governments were urged to enact their respective ordinances on the enhanced restrictions of the unvaccinated individuals to regulate their mobility in the NCR. This includes barring of unvaccinated individuals from entering malls and even using public transportation.

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