Sec. Art Tugade: Free fare for vaccinated train passengers

Manila, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will adopt free tickets for vaccinated passengers of MRT-3, LRT-2, and Philippine National Railways (PNR) from August 3 to 20, extending the time under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) Metro Manila, according to Transportation Sec. Art Tugade.

According to Secretary Tugade, Health takes more priority over income. As a result, he launched a free ride for those who are vaccinated.

“Mas mahalaga sa amin sa DOTr ang kalusugan ng ating mga kababayan kaysa kita. Kaya naman simula bukas, libre na ang pamasahe ng mga bakunadong APOR [authorized persons outside residence], kahit nakaka-isa o dalawang dose na ang mga ito.”

APOR’s (Authorized Persons Outside Residence) just need to present their vaccination cards as confirmation that they have previously got the vaccine to qualify for the free fare.

PPA, CAAP, and MIAA will provide complimentary coffee, water, and snacks to vaccinated persons waiting to travel to ports and airports.

“Sa road sector naman, kamakailan ay napapayag ko ang PITX na i-waive ang terminal fee na kanilang sinisingil sa mga bus simula ngayong araw,  August 2,” he added.

According to DOTR, This initiative will assist the country in safeguarding the health and safety of its constituents, as well as encouraging citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Ang inisyatibong ito ay napagkasunduan ng buong Kagawaran ng Transportasyon upang makatulong sa pagpapanatili ng kalusugan at kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan, at upang matulungan ang gobyerno na mahikayat ang ating mga kababayan na magpabakuna.” Sec. Tugade said.

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