The government would deploy “mystery passengers” to monitor compliance with its no vaccination, no ride policy in public transportation starting Jan. 17, according to the Transportation department. 

“That’s how we can implement this program on a daily basis without them knowing really that there’s an enforcer,” Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark Steven C. Pastor told an online news briefing on Friday. 

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade on Jan. 11 issued an order limiting public transportation access to vaccinated people in the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 3 or higher. 

The policy applies to all public domestic travel within Metro Manila by land, sea and air. 

The policy does not apply to people who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus for medical reasons. 

Passengers must show physical or digital copies of their vaccine cards issued by their local governments or by the Department of Health. — Arjay L. Balinbin