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DOTr sets public transportation guidelines for ‘NCR Plus’ lockdown


BARRIERS. A jeepney driver in Pasay City places plastic sheets to serve as barriers between passengers.


The government is allowing 50% passenger capacity for public utility jeepneys and buses, while maintaining the 20% to 30% capacity for railways

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Sunday, March 28, announced new guidelines covering public transportation as Metro Manila and nearby provinces are set to be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in a bid to control the worsening coronavirus crisis.

The Duterte government announced on Saturday, March 28, that the strictest quarantine level will last from Holy Monday, March 29, to Easter Sunday, April 4. It covers Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite, or the “NCR Plus” bubble.

For public utility jeepneys and buses, the DOTr is allowing 50% of the vehicle’s capacity, excluding the driver and the conductor. It added that the one-seat-apart rule in between passengers, with no standing passengers, must be observed.

This is different from the first ECQ implementation during the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 when the government banned mass transportation, angering drivers and commuters alike.

Tricycles are only allowed one passenger in the sidecar. There should be no passenger seated right behind the driver. Operations should be approved by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and local government units (LGUs).

UV Express vehicles, meanwhile, are only allowed a maximum of two passengers per row. They should not exceed 50% of capacity as well.

Taxis and ride-hailing vehicles are only allowed two passengers per row and one beside the driver.

Motorcycle taxis are only allowed to be used by authorized persons outside of residences (APOR).


The capital region’s rail lines will retain passenger capacity of 20% to 30%.

The Light Rail Transit Line 1 can only have 370 passengers per train set, while it is 274 for the LRT2, 372 for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, and 310 for the Philippine National Railways.

The railways also have limited operating hours and closures during Holy Week to conduct their annual maintenance activities.

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Maritime transportation services will only operate at 50% capacity and only authorized passengers under the government’s guidelines are allowed to go on board.


The passenger capacity for international inbound flights arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will remain at a maximum of 1,500 passengers per day.

Domestic commercial operations, meanwhile, will be allowed, but subject to requirements on capacity and frequency of flights by LGUs.

Passengers should be limited to APOR. Only essential travels are permitted.

Read the full guidelines below.