DOTr issues ‘No Vaccination, No Ride Policy’ in NCR

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered that the “No Vaccination, No Ride/No Entry in Public Transportation Policy” be enforced in the National Capital Region

The DOTr authorized the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to restrict the mobility of those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Metro Manila, initially in the NCR.

The policy will be enforced when a COVID-19 Alert Level 3 or higher is hoisted in the NCR, as defined by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, according to a Department Order (DO) signed by DOTr Secretary Tugade (IATF).

Following President Duterte’s order, the Metro Manila Council, which is made up of all of the mayors of the National Capital Region, passed a resolution urging Metro Manila’s various local government units to pass their own ordinances imposing stricter restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated people.

Furthermore, Secretary Tugade stated that the DO takes effect immediately after publishing in the Official Gazette or a wide circulation newspaper, as well as the filing of a copy with the U.P. Law Center’s Office of the National Administrative Register.

“All concerned attached agencies and sectoral offices of DOTr are directed to ensure that operators of public transportation only allow or issue tickets to ‘fully vaccinated persons,’ as evidenced by a physical or digital copy of an LGU (local government unit)-issued vaccine card, or any IATF-prescribed document, with a valid government-issued ID with picture and address,” according to the DOTr department order.

A person is deemed completely vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the second dosage of a two-dose vaccination series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

The following are exempt from the “no vaccine, no ride” policy:

• People with medical issues that prevent them from receiving the full COVID-19 immunization, as evidenced by a validly signed medical certificate with their doctor’s name and contact information.

• Persons who will purchase needed goods and services, such as food, water, medicine, medical equipment, public utilities, energy, work, and medical and dental necessities, as evidenced by a legally issued barangay health pass or other proof of travel.

Violations of the policy are also deemed violations of the general safety and health provisions in any concession or service agreements, authorization or permits to operate public transportation, and other similar instruments, according to the Order.

Source: DOTr

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