Passengers warned against faking vaccination cards under 'no vax, no ride' policy

The Transportation Department is appealing to passengers to refrain from faking their COVID-19 vaccination cards after noting that drivers of public utility vehicles can only get 'visual checks' of the requirement

1/17/2022 8:38:00 AM

The Transportation Department is appealing to passengers to refrain from faking their COVID-19 vaccination cards after noting that drivers of public utility vehicles can only get 'visual checks' of the requirement

The Transportation Department is appealing to passengers to refrain from faking their COVID-19 vaccination cards after noting that drivers of public utility vehicles can only get 'visual checks' of the requirement.

The Sourceon Monday, Transportation Usec. Artemio Tuazon said violators caught faking their vaccination cards during the implementation of the"no vaccination, no ride" policy in public transport can face jail time."There will always be instances when some of our countrymen will be very creative. They have to understand, it is their health we are trying to protect with this policy...It is also both the health of commuters, as well as the drivers and operators of public transport," he noted.

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Well, that's DoTR's consequence for their drastic action, papatupad kayo ng policy ng hindi pinagisipan maigi kng pano iimplement, pinahirapan nio na sarili nio, pinahirapan nio din pti commuters at drivers ng public transpo Drivers need patience here or else,they'll be fake😂🤣 Laganap yang peke, pati qr code

Ngayon nyo lang naisip iyan? 😅 We appeal to DOTr, why don't you consider doing a better job? Instead of forcing people to resort to faking the vax card and having your personnel (who can be bribed) exhaust their efforts counterchecking them, bring rather a digital thermometer and scan everyone! jusme, ma check pa ba nila iyan? pinataas lang ang mga kamay kanina.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Monday, Transportation Usec. Artemio Tuazon said violators caught faking their vaccination cards during the implementation of the"no vaccination, no ride" policy in public transport can face jail time. "There will always be instances when some of our countrymen will be very creative. They have to understand, it is their health we are trying to protect with this policy...It is also both the health of commuters, as well as the drivers and operators of public transport," he noted. Tuazon admitted that drivers can only do visual checks of vaccination cards upon riding, but passengers should not take the opportunity to"cheat the system." " Sa LGU ordinances, may kulong na kasama 'to (in LGU ordinances, violators can even face jail time for this). We have to remind everybody, ang pagpeke ng card (when faking a vaccination card), they can be held libale under the Revised Penal Code for falsification of public document," he said. In an interview with New Day , president Mody Floranda of transport group PISTON raised concern on how drivers will be able to properly check the vaccination cards of passengers outside terminals and on the road. He also appealed to the government to boost mass testing, contact tracing efforts, and vaccination among drivers and operators to protect more workers from the transport sector. Tuazon, on the other hand, said they will see if they can launch another vaccination drive for the remaining members of the sector. Meanwhile,"mystery riders" from the agency will also be deployed to ensure the implementation of the policy. READ: ‘Mystery riders’ to be deployed in DOTr’s ‘no vaccination, no ride’ scheme The government's “no vaccination, no ride” policy was launched on Monday, prohibiting those who have yet to get their COVID-19 shots from taking any public transport in the capital region, which is currently under Alert Level 3. Under the Revised Penal Code and Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Law, persons caught falsifying, tampering or using fake vaccination cards shall face penalties which include a ₱20,000 to ₱50,000 fine or imprisonment of one to six months, or both.