The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is implementing a “no vaccination, no ride/entry” policy in Metro Manila, prohibiting unvaccinated passengers from using public transportation while the National Capital Region (NCR) is under Alert Level 3 or higher.
In his Department Order (DO), Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the enforcement of the policy takes effect immediately after publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation, and the submission of a copy with the Office of the National Administrative Register, U.P. Law Center.
DO No. 2022-001 dated January 11 and released today, January 12, said public transport via land, rail, sea and air will be limited to fully vaccinated individuals, or those who have waited two weeks after completing two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. It also applies to passengers who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.
Passengers must present either physical or digital copies of local government unit-issued vaccine card, Department of Health-issued vaccine certification, or any Inter-Agency Task Force-prescribed document with valid government-issued ID with picture and address.
The order is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to restrict the movement of people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 in Metro Manila, which is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
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, and other similar instrument.
As of January 11, the DOH’s COVID-19 nationwide tally surpassed the three million mark with 28,007 infections, the third highest single-day count recorded in the country.