Public transport will only allow APORs with valid ID 

Updated Aug 05, 2021 | Same topic: COVID-19 Updates

The LTFRB draws up a list of permitted commuters for essential travel.

A two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) will be enforced in Metro Manila from August 6 to 20, which again limits mobility to authorized persons outside of residence (APORs). Those without their own vehicles will need to bring the relevant documents when they commute to and from work or when gathering needed supplies. 

Passengers in jeepney

If you need to go to work or gather essential supplies, you'll have to meet the criteria set by the LTFRB

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have released Public Transportation Operations Protocols that will be implemented in all public utility vehicles (PUVs). These are in accordance with Resolution No. 130-A Series of 2021 issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).     

Commuters will have to present a valid ID before being allowed to board public transportation. Only the following persons will be permitted to engage in essential travel: 

  • Health and emergency frontline services
  • Uniformed personnel
  • Government officials and employees on official business
  • Duly authorized relief and humanitarian assistance staff
  • Individuals traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons
  • Individuals going to or coming from airport flights
  • Individuals crossing designated borders to work in permitted industries
  • Public utility vehicle operators, drivers, conductors, and essential personnel
  • Individuals scheduled for COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Construction workers accredited by the DOTr to work in quarantine-related facilities and government infrastructure projects
  • Other individuals as allowed at the IATF’s discretion

According to the LTFRB, the maximum allowable capacity for public transport remains at 50 percent, with passengers one seat apart in buses and jeepneys. For UV Express, taxis, and transport network vehicle services (TNVS) units, a maximum of two occupants per seating row will be strictly enforced. 

Elderly patient being vaccinated

Individuals who are scheduled to get their COVID-19 vaccine shots are permitted to travel

Sanitary measures will also be required in all PUVs to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The LTFRB will be working with other agencies such as the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) in conducting random inspections to ensure compliance. 

Enforcers inspecting jeepneys

PUV drivers and operators caught violating protocols risk having their permits revoked 

Drivers and operators found violating the protocols will be subject to fines or revocation of their respective Certificates of Public Compliance (CPC) or Provisional Authority (PA).   

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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