Bello Says “Reformulation” Of “No Vax, No Ride” Policy Out Soon

The “reformulation” of the “no vax, no ride” policy will be released soon, according to Bello.

On Tuesday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that there will be a “reformulation” of the “no vaccination, no ride” policy in Metro Manila.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
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In an interview on Teleradyo, Bello said that they have a “reformulation” on the said policy but he wasn’t at liberty to reveal it. He pointed out that the DOTr (Department of Transportation) will soon make the formal announcement on the matter.

Acccording to Bello, he had a meeting with Cabinet officials like Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año.

Mayroon tayong reformulation ng policy na yan, but I am not at liberty to reveal that,” Bello said. “Nag-meeting kami, we came up with a new formulation of no vax, no ride policy, at lalabas siguro either today or tomorrow.

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When asked about the “reformulation” of the said policy, DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran told Inquirer that it will be released “this week”.

The “no vaccine, no ride” policy, which was implemented in Metro Manila since January 17, restricted unvaccinated commuters from using public transport, but exempted workers and travelers who have medical conditions that prevent them from being vaccinated.

Under the said policy, unvaxxed individuals may use public transport if they’re out to buy essential services and goods. The said policy in Metro Manila will remain in effect under alert level 3.

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Meanwhile, the DOTr has reiterated its position on the legality of its “no vaccination, no ride” policy following concerns raised by the IBP (Integrated Bar of the Philippines).

The DOTr said in a statement that the said policy was “legally valid” as it noted that it has the authority to issue the same under pertinent laws and regulations.

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