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PSA: DOTr Releases Public Transportation Guidelines Amid Metro Manila Community Quarantine

It's day one of the Metro Manila community quarantine due to COVID-19.
PHOTO: Facebook/Department of Transportation - Philippines

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) released guidelines to help commuters navigate Metro Manila as the region begins community quarantine on March 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) .

In a Facebook post, it says that the instructions are in line with social distancing efforts as per the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution No. 12 series of 2020 that was released on March 13. 

Among the general guidelines are specific directions for each transportation sector as follows:


1. Passenger Limits for public transportation:

  • Taxis/Transportation Network Vehicle Service (TNVS), including airport taxis, must have no more than four passengers. All must be one seat apart from one another. 
  • UV Express must have no more than six passengers, including the driver. All must be one seat apart from one another. 
  • Traditional jeepneys must limit passengers to not more than half of the jeepney's actual capacity, including the driver. All must be one seat apart from one another. 
  • Modern PUVs must limit passengers to not more than half of the jeepney's actual capacity. All must be one seat apart from one another, with no standing passengers. 
  • Buses must not have more than 25 passengers, including the driver and the conductor. All must be one seat apart from one another, with no standing passengers.
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2. Multiple bookings for TNVS (e.g., Grab) for a single trip are prohibited. 

3. Operators must advise drivers and conductors to observe their passengers for COVID-19 symptoms.

Should any symptoms be noted, the driver and conductor must bring the person to the nearest hospital and report the incident to the Department of Health (DOH) or the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Commuters are required to coordinate with all PUV drivers and conductors to implement the rule. 

4. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19, (i.e. greater than or equal to 38 degrees Centigrade body temperature, severe cough, or difficulty in breathing) will not be allowed to enter any terminal. 

5. Provincial buses and inter-regional trips of jeepneys and UV Express to and from Metro Manila will be stopped at all entry points identified by the PNP.
Passengers must prepare the following for inspection: valid company ID that shows the company address and government-issued ID that shows the residential address.

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6. Point-to-Point (P2P) buses from Ninoy International Airport to Clark International Airport and Sangley Airport are allowed to travel according to the appropriate schedule and protocols and procedures set by DOH and PNP.


1. Trains must operate with a reduced capacity per wagon. Entry from the station to the train itself will be regulated by station personnel.

2. Passengers on the platforms, concourses, and elevators will also be limited. The 1-meter distance between passengers in these areas will be monitored by station personnel. 

3. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19, (i.e. greater than or equal to 38 degrees Centigrade body temperature, according to DOH guidelines) will not be allowed to enter the station. 

4. The separation of women and senior citizens from the rest of the passengers will be strictly implemented. There will be a subsection exclusive for senior citizens.

5. The operation of PNR from Alabang to Calamba and vice versa is suspended during the community quarantine. 

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6. Prior directives that were given during the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in the country still apply: Placing alcohol-based sanitizers and handsoaps in the bathrooms, disinfection of stations and trains, the wearing of facemask especially by the frontline station and security personnel, usage of non-contact thermometers to monitor entry of passengers, showing DOH materials on COVID-19 in all station TV screens, posting announcements and guidelines on important locations.

Transportation guidelines on the aviation and maritime sectors are also provided by DOTr in the announcement. 

According to DOTr, the guidelines are effective in observance of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) until the threat of the coronavirus disease has been completely cleared by authorities in the health industry. 

The stated policies will be reviewed on a daily basis if needed, the department added.

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