You may now bring your pets while commuting in jeepneys and buses as Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) now allows pet animals in Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) effective 15 April 15, 2019.
LTFRB recently issued Memorandum Circular 2019-019 which amended a provision in Memorandum Circular No. 2011-004 allowing pet animals inside Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) provided that the following provisions are met:
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 owner as long as said animals are free from foul odor and that the owner maintains cleanliness and sanitation. 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.
3. Safety, convenience and comfort of the passengers shall not in any way be sacrificed.
Read the complete text of Memorandum Circular No. 2019-019 here.
LTFRB changed their policy after receiving consistent appeal from the public, especially group of pet owners and lovers. They treat their pets as part of the family and assure that they are taken cared of.
The amendment is also in harmony with the provisions of Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act.