Are pets allowed on a public bus?
"I’m a registered voter in Bicol where I grew up, but I currently reside in Quezon City. Two months ago, I booked a bus going to Bicol for the election weekend because I intended to exercise my right to vote. A few days ago, I rescued a kitten that was left abandoned on the streets. Now, I am faced with the dilemma of what to do with the kitten while I am in Bicol. I live alone, and I do not know anyone who would be willing to take my kitten in for a few days. Yesterday, I checked the rates of pet hotels and learned that it is very expensive. Thus, I’m considering bringing my pet with me to Bicol, but I am uncertain if the bus company would allow a kitten on the bus. Am I allowed to bring a pet with me on a public bus?
Yes, you are allowed to bring your kitten with you on the bus during your trip to Bicol. On April 15, 2019, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board issued Memorandum Circular 2019-019, amending paragraph 24 of Memorandum Circular 2011-004 or the “Terms and Conditions of Certificate of Public Convenience” of public utility vehicles (PUV). This recent amendment allows pet animals inside PUVs under the following conditions:“1. 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,
“2. If there are no other passengers, pet may be allowed to be carried by the owner so long as the animals are free from foul odor and the he/she maintains cleanliness and sanitation, taking into consideration the next riding passenger. Further, the possessor or 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, and“3. Safety, convenience and comfort of the passengers shall not in any way be sacrificed.”
This opinion is solely based on the facts you have narrated and our appreciation of the same. The opinion may vary when the facts are changed or further elaborated. We hope that we were able to enlighten you on the matter.Editor’s note: Dear PAO is a daily column of the Public Attorney’s Office. Questions for Chief Acosta may be sent to "
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