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Solons, critics hit "No vaxx, no ride" policy in NCR

January 12, 2022 - Wednesday 8:01 PM by Kristine Casampol

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In line with President Rodrigo Duterte's Order to restrict the movement of unvaccinated people, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade ordered the implementation of "no vaccination, no ride/no entry" policy in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The Order said the enforcement of the "no vaccination, no ride" policy will be in effect while a COVID-19 Alert Level 3 level or higher remains in Metro Manila.

"All concerned attached agencies and sectoral offices of DOTr are directed to ensure that operators of public transportation shall allow access or issue tickets only 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, with a valid government issued ID with picture and address," the DOTr department order read.

According to the DO, a person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving their second dose in a 2-dose vaccination series, such as with the Pfizer or Moderna brand of vaccines, or two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as with Johnson & Johnson's Janssen 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, and other similar instrument. 

The Order was confronted with several oppositions. 

Vice presidential aspirant Walden Bello called the Order punitive," The "no vaccination, no public commute" policy by the DoTr is patently illegal and absurd. Only 48% of the population are vaccinated. Half the people will not be allowed to move now? How about people who are going to their vaccination sites? They are expected to walk??

ACT Teachers Party-list Representative France Castro also called the Order illegal; This policy is simply absurd, unconstitutional, anti-poor, and discriminatory. Instead of barring unvaccinated people from using public transport, why won't the DOTr instead provide free rides to vaccination sites and help the government educate people and curb vaccine hesitancy?" 

Meanwhile, Senator Manny Pacquiao is asking the authorities not to curtail the mobility of unvaccinated Filipinos so long as they observe the mandatory health and safety protocols.

“Ako po ay nanawagan sa DILG, sa PNP, sa DoTr at sa ating mga LGU na huwag naman po sana nating pilitin ang ating mga kababayan na magpabakuna kung ito ay labag sa kanilang paniniwala. Kumbinsihin po natin sila at pagpaliwanagan ngunit huwag natin silang pilitin,” Pacquiao said in a statement.

He added there are better ways to convince people to get their jabs.

“Huwag po natin silang ituring na parang mga kriminal. Huwag po natin silang putulan ng karapatan na makapagtrabaho o makapamili ng kanilang mga pangangailangan,” Pacquaio added.

The government immediately defended the Order of DOTr. In a text statement to media it said,”Our reaction to those saying that the No Vaxx, No Ride/Entry in public transport in NCR policy is anti-poor, draconian or punitive: Mas anti poor at anti-life kung mahahawa at makakahawa ang ating mga kababayan dahil sila ay hindi bakunado. Severe Covid infections caused by the non-vaccination result to undue burden on our health care system. Worse, if they infect our public transport personnel, mas delikado at mas marami ang maaapektuhan.”

The DOTr public information office said the Order only wants to protect not only the riding public but also their staff.

"We want to prevent a repeat of the public transport shutdown, like what happened in MRT, LRT and PNR in the past, as most front-facing passengers were infected with the virus. We are doing everything we can to maintain and keep our public transport operations safe and running."

 

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