MRT-3, LRT-2, PNR extend free rides for vaccinated APORs as NCR reverts to MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   September 8, 2021   •   798

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that authorized persons outside residence (APORs) or those known as essential workers may still enjoy free train rides at MRT-3, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) as the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila is extended until September 15.

However, the managements of MRT-3, LRT-2 and PNR remind APORs, that only those vaccinated may avail of the free rides, regardless if it is only their first dose or they are already fully vaccinated.

The schedule of free train rides for vaccinated APORs is as follows:

MRT-3
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

LRT-2
5:00 AM to 7:00 AM
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Philippine National Railways (PNR)
4:00 AM to 6:00 AM
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
7:00 PM onwards

To avail of the free ride, APORs must present their respective vaccination cards and valid IDs to the assigned security personnel at the station as proof.

Other credentials that may be presented include Certificate of Employment (COE); Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID; or company ID.

The DOTr reminds the public that only APORs are allowed to use the MRT-3 under MECQ.

Trains are operating at 30% passenger capacity which is equivalent to 124 passengers per train or a total of 372 persons per train set.

Passengers are reminded to observe the strict health protocols inside trains and train stations specifically the ‘7 Commandments’ against COVID-19:

1) Always wear a face mask and face shield;
2) No talking policy is applied at all times;
3) No eating;
4) Maintain proper ventilation in all public transportation;
5) Disinfect regularly;
6) Passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to board;
7) Always observe appropriate physical distancing.

PITX to serve as COVID-19 vax site for 5 days

Maris Federez   •   January 24, 2022

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) opens its doors Monday (January 24) to serve as a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination site until Friday.

The PITX management will give priority to transport workers and passengers who will avail of the program for their first, second, or booster dose.

This is part of the vaccination drive of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) that seeks to provide and ensure safe trips as the country implements the ‘no vaccination-no ride’ policy.

The site is expected to provide service to up to 500 walk-in individuals each day from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said this will help in making vaccination sites accessible to the public and encourage transport workers and passengers to get vaccinated, adding that the same project will be launched in other government transport facilities.

“Sa mga susunod na araw din ay ilulunsad ng DOTr ang vaccination sites sa mga istasyon ng tren, pantalan, at maging sa tollways,” he said.

DOTr Usec. For Administrative Service Atty. Artemio Tuazon Jr. confirmed the said government plan.

“Pinag-utos po rin ni Secretary Tugade na magbukas na rin po kami ng mga vaccination areas sa mga puerto, sa airport po, sa mga terminal ng mga iba pa pong terminal ng pampublikong sasakyan, sa atin pong mga stasyon ng tren at pati na rin po sa ating mga expressways po ay hahanap po kami ng lugar at magbubukas na rin po kami ng vaccination centers,” Tuazon said.

The Department, he said, is now coordinating with the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) concerning the installation of vaccination stations on toll roads.

In a message sent to UNTV News and Rescue, TRB spokesperson Julius Corpus said they have brought the matter to the toll operators and are now awaiting feedback. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Asher Cadapan, Jr.)

ALAMIN: Sino ang hindi saklaw ng ‘no vaccination, no ride’ policy ng MRT-3?

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Naglabas ang pamunuan ng Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) ng listahan ng mga pasahero na exempted o hindi sakop ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy ng Department of Transportation (DOTr).

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng MRT-3 na ang mga sumusunod na pasahero ay hindi saklaw ng panuntunan:

• mga pasaherong papasok sa trabaho
• mga pasaherong may medical condition kung kaya’t hindi makapagpabakuna
• mga pasaherong kukuha o maghahatid ng essential goods and services, tulad ng pagkain, gamot, tubig, medical devices, public utilities, enerhiya, at medical and dental necessities
• mga pasaherong nakai-schedule magpabakuna

Ayon sa MRT-3 management, papayagan ang mga nabanggit na pasahero na sumakay ng tren kung makakapagpakita sila ng mga sumusunod na dokumento:

• Certificate of Employment
• Company ID
• Medical appointment
• Health pass mula sa barangay
• Vaccination schedule

Ang paglilinaw ay ginawa ng MRT-3 kasunod ng mga kalituhan at batikos mula sa iba’t ibang grupo hinggil sa polisiya na nagbabawal sa mga hindi pa bakunado kontra COVID-19 sa pagsakay sa mga pampublikong sasakyan habang umiiral ang COVID-19 Alert Level 3 o higit pa sa Metro Manila.

Una na ring sinabi ng Department of Labor and Employment na hindi sakop ng polisiya ang mga manggagawang itinuturing na essential workers o nagbibigay ng mahahalagang serbisyo sa publiko.

Sa panig naman ng DOTr, sinabi ng ahensiya na hindi absolute ang pagpapatupad ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy dahil may exemption naman ang pagpapatupad nito.

Iginiit rin ng kagawaran na hindi “anti-poor” and “discriminatory” ang polisiya dahil layunin nitong maprotektahan ang mga publiko, lalo na ang mga hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19. Nakabatay rin anila ito sa resolusyon ng konseho ng mga alcalde sa Metro Manila na naglilimita sa galaw ng mga unvaccinated person.

‘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.

 

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