Airlines, transport terminals, hospitals back ‘no vax, no ride’ policy

Transport and hospital groups have expressed their strong support for the government’s “no vaccination, no ride” policy for all modes of public transportation in Metro Manila amid a surge in omicron cases in the country.

These include Philippine Airlines, AirAsia Philippines, Light Rail Manila Corp., Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), PAL Express, Liga ng mga Transportasyon at mga Operator sa Pilipinas (LTOP), Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAP), and Pasang Masda.

The Department of Transportation’s new policy will take effect starting January 17 and will apply to all domestic travels to and from and within the National Capital Region via land, rail, sea and air public transport.

“We laud the DOTr’s initiative to help the Filipino public embark on essential travels during the current crisis,” Gilbert Sta. Maria , PAL president and chief operating officer said.

“We assure the public that PAL will do [its] part to uphold the strictest safety standards and health protocols in our continuing operation of our domestic and international flight network,” Sta. Maria added.

Commuters need to present vaccination cards – physical or digital copies.

“At LRT-1, we don’t allow the virus for a free ride. We remain committed to keeping LRT-1 safe for our passengers and our employees. And so, we remain adaptive to the evolving situation, and continuously upgrade existing protocols,” said Duday de Sales, LRMC head of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality Department.

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