Transportation in Metro Manila has become laxer after the implementation of the ‘No Vax, No Ride’ for commuters has been rescinded. 

The repeal of the strict commute policy follows the return of the National Capital Region (NCR) to Alert Level 2 due to the decline of new COVID-19 cases, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said. 

According to Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, the policy, also known as Department Order No. 2022-001, is not permanent and will only be enacted when Metro Manila is on Alert Level 3 or higher. 

“Ang ‘no vax, no ride’ policy ay hindi perpetual o pang-habambuhay. Ito po ay ipatutupad lamang habang ang Metro Manila ay nasa Alert Level 3 o mas mataas pa”, he explained. 

“Ibig sabihin, kung ang COVID-19 Alert Level System sa Metro Manila ay ibaba na sa Alert Level 2, ang ‘no vax, no ride’ policy sa mga pampublikong transportasyon ay awtomatikong ili-lift o isususpinde na,” Tugade added. 

The order was among the measures adopted by the government to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants. 

This is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s instruction to limit the movement of unvaccinated individuals amid the jump of coronavirus cases last month. 

Even though the policy has now been reversed, Tugade urged the riding public to follow minimum health protocols like mask-wearing and social distancing, which will continue to be enforced on public transportation. 

Meanwhile, transport capacity will remain at 70%, DOTr said. 

“Public transport capacity will still be at 70 percent. Wala po tayong ibabawas sa supply and capacity of public transport.”

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