Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) now allows pets to ride Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) in a memorandum posted Friday, April 26.

LTFRB announced the amendment of a provision of Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004, wherein PUV operators were not allowed to load animals of any kind, except fowls. Now with Memorandum Circular No. 2019-019, pet animals are now allowed in PUVS, provided that owners follow the following provisions:

1. These animals are put inside carriers/cages and placed at designated animal compartment of the PUV, should there be other passengers inside the PUV.

2. If there are no other passengers, pets may be allowed to be carried by the owners as long as said animals are free from foul odor and that the owner maintains cleanliness and sanitation. Furthere, the possessor of pet owner shall be responsible for the damage that the pet may cause, including the cleaning and sanitation of the PUV, as may be necessary.

3. Safety, convenience and comfort of the passengers shall not in any way be sacrificed.

You may view the full Memorandum Circular No. 2019-019 here.

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