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No vaxx, no ride policy to begin January 17

January 14, 2022 - Friday 8:01 PM by Anne Vicente

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Beginning Monday, January 7, all public transportation in Metro Manila will no longer allow unvaccinated passengers entry. Although there will be few exemptions, the scheme will make it harder for unvaccinated travelers to roam the metro via public commute. 

The Department of Transportation will implement the order first in the National Capital Region.

There are two things that a passenger needs to bring, a copy of his vaccination card and a valid government-issued ID.

Only those who will travel for essential reasons and those who have a medical condition that prevents them from getting inoculated are exempted from the scheme. The passenger needs to present only a medical certificate and the doctor’s contact details for the verification. 

DOTr Undersecretary Artemio Tuazon warns those who will try to produce fake documents. He said from punishment from local ordinances; the culprit can be penalized for falsifying public records.

“Alalahanin po natin na 'ying mga lgu may mga sariling ordinansa kung saan nakapaloob po doon 'yung mga parusa sa mga taong magbibigay at magsusubmit ng fake vaccination cards,” he said. 

Tuazon added that drivers and operators of public utility vehicles who will implement the no vaxx, no ride policy should face sanctions.

Aside from the help of barangay officials at checkpoints and police visibility on public transport, DOTr officials, using their own money, will private pay and deploy what they call “mystery riders” who will monitor the implementation of the department’s order.

“Bakit ho sila dapat madeploy? Upang masigurado po natin na kahit walang naka-uniporme na enforcer ay sumusunod po ang ating drivers and operators dito sa ating polisiya, at dito po natin makikita kung paano ma-implement itong ating programa on a daily basis without them knowing that there is an enforcer, or government official or enforcer sa ating public utility vehicles.”

The DOTr official emphasized, amid the backlash, DOTr will push through with the execution of the no vaxx no ride policy as this will help contain the Omicron surge in the country.

DOTr defended the policy and said that previous IATF resolutions and the national government’s policies paved the way for the no vaxx, no ride scheme.

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