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Authorities ban bottled drinks on MRT, LRT trains

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2019

The third set of MRT-3 trains that were purchased from Chinese firm CCRC Dalian

MANILA, Philippines – Commuters are advised not to bring bottled drinks inside stations of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) as part of authorities’ intensified security measures following a series of attacks in Mindanao.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed the entire Metro Manila under heightened alert status following the Jolo church bombing on Sunday (January 28).

The measure, the PNP said, aims to prevent the entry of dangerous chemicals in train stations contained in plastic bottles that can be used to harm and jeopardize the safety of the riding public. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Netizens elated by free rides at MRT, LRT 1 and 2

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Netizens are elated after availing the free rides offered by Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit (LRT-1) and LRT-2.

MRT-3, LRT-1 and 2 are offering free rides from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For some netizens who have to work on a holiday, the offer is a welcome consolation.

For others, it makes the celebration of Independence Day extra festive.

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MRT3, LRT, PNR services halted after strong quake jolted parts of Luzon

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered the suspension of the operations of Metro Manila’s main rail lines for at least five hours to assess their structures after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolted parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces on Monday afternoon, April 22.

On its Twitter account, DOTr said that operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3), Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) and Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) will remain suspended until further notice as advised by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“Upon NDRRMC’s advice at around 5:42 PM to NOT resume operations, instructions were relayed to LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 NOT to resume operations until further notice,” DOTr said, relaying a message from DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Libiran.

“Preliminary guidance from NDRRMC is NOT to resume operations until after a five hour observation period, based on risk of aftershocks, based on a similar earthquake event in Indonesia,” it added.

In a separate Twitter post, the agency said that Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered to halt the train operations to ensure the safety of commuters.

“Per Secretary Art Tugade, let us not risk the safety of our commuters. Better to be safe than sorry. Siguraduhin na ligtas sakyan ang buong linya bago natin patakbuhin ulit,” DOTr said.

In a post on its official Twitter account, the LRT-1 also announced the suspension of its rail services.

“In the interest of passenger safety, LRT-1 is temporarily suspending its operations for the whole line (Roosevelt-Baclaran),” it said.

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) also temporarily suspended its operations to check whether its structures sustained damages from the strong earthquake.

Meanwhile, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assured that it is business as usual at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as no damage was noted on its runways following the quake.

Robie de Guzman

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LRT-2 offers free rides to Filipino Veterans on PH Veterans Week

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) will be giving free rides to all Filipino veterans during the observance of the Philippine Veterans Week and Day of Valor this month.

The day of valor or Araw ng Kagitingan is being observed in the country every April 9. It is a regular holiday commemorating the valiant heroism of Filipino soldiers during the World War 2.

The Philippine veterans’ week is annually commemorated every April 5 to 11 by virtue of Proclamation No. 466.

“In observance of the Philippine Veterans Week and the Araw ng Kagitingan, veterans may avail of unlimited free LRT-2 rides at any time between 4:30 a.m. until the last commercial train trip on the dates indicated below,” the LRT-2 said in an advisory on Tuesday.

The last commercial LRT-2 trip is until 10:30 p.m.

The unlimited free ride for Filipino veterans will start on April 5, Friday until April 11, Thursday next week.

Each veteran must present his or her Philippine Veterans Affairs Office identification card at any LRT-2 station.

However, the management noted that the veteran must be accompanied by an individual to avail of the free ride.

The LRT-2 management said the free ride is in recognition of the Filipino Veteran’s valor, in response to a netizen who questioned the initiative. – Robie de Guzman

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