DOTr to LTFRB: Intensify crackdown vs. Angkas drivers

admin   •   December 19, 2018   •   3829

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has tasked the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to intensify its campaign against motorcycle-ride hailing app, Angkas drivers who continue to operate.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the transportation department has followed the injuction released by the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court in favor of Angkas in the past, so now, the secretary insisted that Angkas must follow the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court, which is based on the decision of the Mandaluyong RTC.

The secretary said that the department will enforce the law against colorum bikers. — UNTV News & Rescue

‘No vax, no ride’ policy, sinimulan nang ipatupad sa MRT-3

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Sinimulan nang ipatupad ngayong Lunes, Enero 17, ng Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) ang ‘no vaccination, no ride’ policy para sa mga pasahero nito.

Ang polisiya ay sang-ayon sa kautusang inilabas ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na naglalayong protektahan ang kalusugan ng mga pasahero sa gitna ng lumulobong kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Una nang sinabi ng DOTr na ipinatutupad nito ang polisiya batay na rin sa pag-aaral na mas mapanganib ang COVID-19 para sa mga hindi pa bakunado laban sa nasabing sakit. Batay rin anila ito sa nilagdaang resolusyon ng Metro Manila Council na naglilimita sa paggalaw ng mga hindi pa bakunado.

Ayon kay MRT-3 Director for Operations Engineer Michael Capati, nasa 11 pasahero na ang hindi pinayagang makasakay sa mga tren matapos mabigong makapagpakita ng patunay na sila ay fully vaccinated na.

Sa ilalim ng polisiya, tanging mga pasaherong fully vaccinated o nakakumpleto ng primacy vaccine series ang maaaring makasakay ng tren, matapos makapagprisinta ng kanilang vaccination card at isang valid o government-issued ID sa security marshal sa istasyon.

Hindi kasama sa ‘no vaccination, no ride’ policy ang mga sumusunod:

  • may medical condition kung kaya’t hindi makapagpabakuna
  • mga pasaherong kukuha o maghahatid ng essential goods tula ng pagkain, gamot, tubjg, medical and dental necessities, public utilities, at iba pa
  • mga pasaherong nakai-schedule magpabakuna. Kinakailangang magpakita ng nararapat na dokumentasyon o patunay ng pasahero sa security marshal

Ang ‘no vaccination, no ride’ policy ay iiral habang nasa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 o mas mataas pa ang Metro Manila.

Samantala, nagpaalala naman ang DOTr sa mga pasahero nito na mahigpit pa ring ipinatutupad sa buong linya ng tren ang health and safety protocols, gaya ng pagbabawal kumain, uminom, makipag-usap sa telepono, at magsalita sa loob ng mga tren.

Mahigpit ding ipinatutupad ang pagsusuot ng face mask samantalang boluntaryo ang pagsusuot ng face shield.

Tuloy rin ang isinasagawang libre at boluntaryong COVID-19 antigen testing sa mga pasahero na magtatapos sa Enero 31.

 

DOTr to enforce ‘no vax, no ride’ policy in Metro Manila public transport

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced it will be implementing a “no vaccination, no ride” policy for public utility vehicles operating in Metro Manila.

In a statement, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said he has issued a department order (DO) enforcing the “no vaccination, no ride” policy while a COVID-19 Alert Level 3 or higher is raised in Metro Manila as to be determined by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID).

“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.

Tugade said the measure is in line with the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to restrict the movement of people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect them amid the uptick in cases in the capital region.

Duterte earlier ordered community leaders to monitor persons who are not vaccinated in their respective areas and make sure they remain at their homes. He also warned unvaccinated people they will be arrested if they refuse to comply with the order.

The Metro Manila Council, which is composed of all the mayors of the National Capital Region, has passed a resolution urging the various local government units of Metro Manila to pass their respective ordinances on the enhanced restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated persons.

Tugade said the department order on public transport 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.

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 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 the 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 public transportation, and other similar instruments.

DOTr reminds transport sector in NCR to impose strict health protocols

Robie de Guzman   •   January 3, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday reminded operators of public utility vehicles (PUV) and management of transport terminals in the National Capital Region (NCR) to impose tighter health protocols as the region reverts to COVID-19 Alert Level 3.

In a memorandum released on Sunday, January 2, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) directed land-based transportation stakeholders to closely supervise their drivers and conductors, and ensure they strictly adhere to health protocols, particularly the 70% maximum passenger capacity in PUVs.

In another memorandum, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reminded PUV operators and commuters to strictly follow the rules when aboard public vehicles.

These rules include the proper wearing of face mask, no talking and making phone calls, no eating, while inside the transport vehicles.

The LTFRB warned that non-observance of health protocols onboard PUVs and the violation of the 70% maximum passenger capacity order are considered violations of franchise conditions.

“Penalties for violating PUV franchise conditions range from hefty fines to the impounding of the involved PUV,” the agency added.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier said that the PUVs’ operational capacity in the NCR will remain at 70% to keep pace with the commuter demand.

Any adjustments or changes of the allowable maximum passenger capacity in public transportation will be subject to the guidance of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), he added.

“With the continued rise of COVID-19 cases in NCR, the DOTr enjoins our land-based transport operators to remind passengers to strictly observe minimum health protocols and ensure that the maximum allowable passenger capacity is followed,” Tugade said.

“We cannot let our guard down. Following the government’s minimum health protocol is for our greater good. We must remain vigilant so we can reverse the uptick of cases in the country,” he added.

Tugade urged the public to cooperate with authorities and follow health protocols to help curb COVID-19 spread.

The NCR has been placed under Alert Level 3 anew amid rising COVID-19 cases and the detection of local cases of Omicron variant.

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