MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker within the Home of Representatives is pushing for an inquiry into the controversial “no vaccination, no experience” coverage of the Division of Transportation (DOTr).
Gabriela Ladies’s Social gathering Rep. Arlene Brosas Below on Tuesday filed Home Decision No. 2451, urging the committee on well being and the committee on transportation to conduct a joint inquiry on what she calls as an “unlawful and discriminatory” coverage which prohibits sure unvaccinated people from accessing public transport in Metro Manila.
Brosas stated Republic Act No. 11525 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 states that vaccination playing cards “shall not be thought-about as a further necessary requirement for instructional, employment, and different comparable authorities transaction functions.”
“The division order is devoid of any authorized foundation nor scientific rationalization for the blatant discrimination of commuters which have negatively affected their job and livelihood,” Brosas stated within the decision.
Citing the Common Declaration of Human Rights, Brosas stated no matter COVID-19 vaccination standing, “the regulation is identical for everybody and subsequently they should be handled equally.”
“There are different preventive methods that we will undertake with a purpose to mitigate the unfold of the Omicron variant and encourage residents to get vaccinated with out having to put aside their fundamental human rights and this contains aggressive info dissemination that goals to mass educate communities on the barangay degree, particularly these with out entry to the web,” Brosas stated.
“The federal government should steer away from its anti-poor and anti-people policy-making schemes and undertake a rights-based method in dealing with the COVID-19 surge by means of environment friendly surveillance system, free mass testing, contact tracing, isolation, and remedy,” she added.
There have been reviews of passengers—some are partially vaccinated—who have been unable to go to their workplaces after being prohibited to make use of public transport.
The Division of Labor and Employment (DOLE) stated Tuesday that staff with correct identification are exempted from the “no vaccination, no experience” coverage.
Some lawmakers have additionally requested that the coverage be reviewed or scrapped.
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