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Filipinos call DOTr “no vaccination, no ride” policy anti-poor and senseless

The policy has a lot of holes that are simply too big to ignore

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) was accused of discrimination after announcing its “no vaccination, no ride” policy in Metro Manila.

The measure prohibits unvaccinated people from using public transportation while the National Capital Region is under Alert Level 3.

According to Department Order No. 2022-001, only the vaccinated can access public transport via land, rail, sea, and air.

“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 copy 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 order read.

Passengers must bring physical or digital copies of a vaccine card and a valid government-issued ID.

Exceptions only apply to those who suffer from diseases and are advised against getting vaccinated and persons who are assigned to buy goods backed up by supporting documents.

“Any violation of this [order] by operators of public transportation shall be considered a violation of applicable general safety and health provisions under any concession or service agreements, authority or permit to operate, or other similar instruments”

Netizens couldn’t disagree more with the order, citing possible discrimination.

The policy has a lot of holes that are simply too big to ignore.

The order seems to be anti-poor, said netizens.

Vaccinations are sometimes far, and public transportation is the only way to get there.

Dr. Tony Leachon has offered a solution that may ease the potential problems that may come about because of the order.

Written by paulie walnuts

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