The LTFRB is Now Allowing Pets to Ride in Public Utility Vehicles

According to Memorandum Circular No. 2019-019, the LTFRB (The Philippine Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) now allows pets in Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs). This means that your pets are now able to accompany you on PUVs and that there are cheaper alternatives to bringing them around! It’s an all-around win for pet owners.

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Provisions under the memorandum include that “these animals must be put inside carriers/cages and placed at the designated animal compartment of the PUV, should there be other passengers inside the PUV.” However, if there are no other passengers or if there is space available, “pets may be allowed to be carried by the owner so long as said animals are free from foul odor and that s/he maintains cleanliness and sanitation taking into consideration the next riding passenger.”

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Additionally, it states that “the pet owner shall be responsible for the damage that the pet may cause, including the cleaning and the sanitation of the PUV as may be necessary.”

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The memorandum also notes that the measure has passed due to appeals made by pet lovers and owners alike who “view their pets to be part of their family.” It explains that after being lobbied and hearing the volume of public clamor, the LTFRB decided to revisit the policy in order to harmonize it with provisions under the Animal Welfare Act.

What do you think of this?