Heads Up, Commuters: DoTr Releases Transportation Guidelines

From ferry services to jeepney restrictions.

(SPOT.ph) "Community quarantine" was declared over Metro Manila from March 15 to April 14, which put restrictions on mall hours, mass gatherings, traveling to and from the National Capital Region, and school activities. Moreover, public transportation within the city is also affected.


In a press briefing by Department of Transportation on March 14, specific measures were announced by the different transportation sectors, including the Philippine Ports Authority, Land Transportation Office, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and Metro Rail Transit. These are subject to daily review and revision as necessary.


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Here's what you need to know about transportation restrictions during the "community quarantine" in Metro Manila:

Public Utility Vehicles

  • UV Express van should not have more than six passengers including driver, passengers should be one seat apart
  • Jeepneys should not board more than half its usual capacity while maintaining one seat apart between passengers
  • Buses should not have more than 25 passengers including driver and conductor, not have standing passengers, and still maintain one seat apart distance
  • Provincial buses and inter-regional trips of jeepneys and UV Express to and from Metro Manila shall be terminated on entry points identified by the Philippine National Police. There will be buses and jeepneys waiting at these entry points for unloaded passengers from outside the National Capital Region.

Taxis and Transportation Network Vehicle Services

  • Taxis, transportation network vehicle services (ex. Grab), and airport taxis should not have more than four passengers including the driver, with distance of one seat apart between passengers
  • Multiple bookings for one booking (ex. GrabShare) are suspended
  • Pilot test of motorcycle taxis is also suspended

Train services

  • There will be a new subsection for senior citizens to further separate them from the women's section
  • Philippine National Railway operations from Alabang to Laguna is suspended
  • Trains and platform capacity shall be reduced to 25%
  • Trains will be disinfected at least every time they reach their end-stations

Air Travel

  • All domestic flights to and from Metro Manila are suspended; exemptions include cargo flights, air ambulance, and government supplies, government military flights, weather mitigation flights, and maintenance and utility flights
  • General aviation flights are suspended and will be diverted to Sangley Airport or Clark Airport
  • For international flights, passengers have the option to terminate flight in Metro Manila and arrange their own transport within the region

Water Travel

  • Ferry services within Metro Manila (ex. Pasig River Ferry Service) will continue to operate but with 50% capacity per vessel
  • Passenger ferries coming from outside Metro Manila are allowed to dock at ports near but still outside the National Capital Region
  • Cargo vessels can still go in and out of Metro Manila
  • Foreign and domestic ships should unload waste at next port of call outside Metro Manila

Main photo by Judgefloro, Wikimedia Commons

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