Senator and vice presidential aspirant Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan suggested a separate set of public utility vehicles (PUVs) for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) amid the start of the government’s “no vaccination, no ride” policy.

Pangilinan made his suggestion after several local government units (LGUs) expressed their disapproval of the said policy saying it created more burden to their constituents. 

“Ang no vax, no ride ay dagdag na pahirap sa mahihirap. Lalo na sa panahon ng pandemya, ‘wag na nating gawing mas mabigat ang pasanin ng ating mga kababayan,” Pangilinan said in a statement.

“Ang mga patakaran ay dapat praktikal at may malasakit sa tao,” he added.

Pangilinan added that LGU officials should have the power to address the vaccination issue in their respective areas. 

He advised the government to make sure that vaccines are accessible to the general public. 

“Pinipilahan ang mga bakuna centers sa probinsya, ibig sabihin, gusto ng mga tao na maproteksyunan ang sarili nila,” Pangilinan said.

“Pero gawin naman nating mas madali ang mga bagay para sa kanila – mas ilapit ang bakuna centers, padamihin ang lugar ng bakunahan, alalayan sila sa proseso,” he added. 

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oca Moreno were among local government officials who have publicly opposed the “no vaccination, no ride” policy. – Ronald Espartinez