Starting today, individuals who are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 will be prohibited from using any type of public utility vehicle (PUV), including Motorcycle Taxis.

This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) issued Department Order 2022-001, which basically says that only individuals who are fully vaccinated and can show their vaccination cards as proof of complete inoculation (2 weeks old from the second dose) can use any type of public transportation.

Exemptions

There will only be two exemptions that the government would allow unvaccinated individuals to ride any type of PUV. First, any unvaccinated individual may still ride a PUV provided that he or she can present a medical certificate stating that a present medical condition would make inoculation impossible.

The second condition states that an unvaccinated individual may still ride a PUV provided that he or she is on the way to get or will be transporting essential goods/services.

For the complete list of essential goods/services allowed by the IATF, click here.

NCR-bound PUVs included

The Land Transportation Office, through their official social media page, has added that the DOTr Department Order 2022-001 includes all PUVs plying the streets of NCR, as well as those entering Metro Manila from other regions.

It will be the duty of the driver/rider/operator to verify if the passenger is already fully vaccinated at least two weeks from the second/final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The original vaccination card or the digital version of the vaccination certificate from https://vaxcert.doh.gov.ph/ shall be honored, or any similar document approved by the IATF and should be accompanied by the passenger’s valid ID for verification.