Minors, ‘vulnerable population’ members allowed to ride in PUVs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) – Minors, pregnant women, elderly, and other vulnerable population members are now allowed to ride public utility vehicles (PUV) in areas under Alert Level 1 and 2.

The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) released a memorandum circular mandating such measure in compliance with the latest guidelines released by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. 

LTFRB Technical Division Chief Joel Bolano said minors riding the PUVs should be accompanied by a guardian during their travel.

Members of the vulnerable population in PUVs must have an essential reason for their travel, Bolano emphasized.

“Kahit pinayagan na bumiyahe ang mga nasa vulnerable population, may pandemic pa rin tayo (Even though we allowed those in the vulnerable population to ride PUVs, we are still under a pandemic),” Bolano told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Ngayon.

Those who are travelling due to emergency cases are exempted from the rule, he added.

Bolano also clarified that wearing of face shields is not required in public transport vehicles in places under Alert Level 1 and 2.

The latest IATF directive allows interzonal and intrazonal travel in areas under Alert Level 2, such as Metro Manila, subject to local government rules.

The Department of Transporation recently increased the public transport capacity to 70% in Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan.