THE Cebu Port Authority (CPA) started to implement the “No Vaccination, No Ride” policy for all passengers traveling to and from the National Capital Region (NCR) on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

In its port advisory released last January 12, it said all ports within the jurisdiction of the CPA will allow access or issue tickets only to fully vaccinated individuals.

This after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) issued a department order (DO) dated January 11 that limits public transportation access to the vaccinated population in the NCR.

In the advisory, CPA General Manager Leonilo Miole said passengers must present physical or digital copies of their vaccination card together with a valid government-issued ID with picture and address.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will also implement the same policy for airline passengers bound for NCR.

Under its Memorandum Circular 2022-001, domestic airlines shall screen, validate, and board only passengers upon presenting their vaccination cards and government issued-ID. The policy will be implemented once the DO 2022-001 of the DOTr takes effect on January 17, 2022.

Airlines have expressed support for the new guidelines on air travel.

AirAsia Philippines chief executive officer Ricky Isla said their company considers this initiative an effective tool to encourage every Filipino to get vaccinated.

Philippine Airlines president and chief operating officer Gilbert Santa Maria assured the public that they will do their part to uphold the strictest safety standards and health protocols in their continuing operations.

Candice Iyog, vice president for marketing and customer of Cebu Pacific, said the airline will comply with the order as it continues to safeguard the safety of its passengers and crew.

The CPA and MCIA advisories also read that a person is considered fully vaccinated only after two weeks of receiving the second dose for two-dose vaccines or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine like the Janssen vaccine.

The DOTr ordered last Wednesday the strict enforcement of the “no vaccination, no ride/entry” policy in all public transport units in the NCR in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to restrict the movement of unvaccinated individuals amid the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country. The policy will be in effect while NCR is under Alert Level 3 or higher.

Exempted from the “no vaccination, no ride” policy are (a) persons with medical conditions that prevent their full Covid-19 vaccination as shown by a duly-signed medical certificate with the name and contact details of their doctor; and (b) persons who will buy essential goods and services, such as but not limited to food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, energy, work, and medical and dental necessities, as shown by a duly issued barangay health pass or other proof to justify travel.