LRMC launches Ikot MNL mobile app for LRT-1 riders, tourists

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019   •   550

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) on Tuesday (November 19) launched Ikot MNL – a mobile app for LRT-1 riders and tourists.

Ikot MNL provides real-time information about train arrivals and departures, fare information, crowd volume, and other advisories.

Passengers can also send their queries or complaints through the app. Tourists can also get information about famous tourist spots around Metro Manila.

LRMC CEO Juan Alfonso said that the app can provide a seamless journey of passengers.

“At least pagdating niya sa station alam niya kung ilang minutes dadating iyong train. Also let’s say pwede siyang pumili between two stations makikita niya iyong mas hindi crowded (At least [the passenger] can determine how many minutes before the train arrives. They can also choose between two stations depending on which is less crowded),” he said.

Alfonso also wants to assist commuters during the holiday season, especially with expected traffic congestion.

“Pwede tayong magkaroon ng tips kung saan pwede mag-Christmas shopping, for example Doroteo Jose station. Second is also iyong schedules natin we’ll be constantly updating iyong schedules (We can provide tips on where to Christmas shop, for example, in Doroteo Jose Station. Second our schedule, we will be constantly updating our schedules),” he added.

However, the LRMC has admitted there are still a few things to fix regarding the app including the accuracy of the real-time train situation.

Ikot MNL is available in IOS and Andriod devices. It can be downloaded through Playstore and Google Play.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

Sagada reopens doors to tourists; new rules set amid COVID-19 threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 24, 2020

After its temporary closure, the tourist spots in Sagada, Mountain Province have been reopened to the public but with a new set of rules as precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019).

Sagada Mayor James Pooten, Jr. has signed an order lifting the suspension on all eco-tourism activities in their area. However, Pooten said spelunking and sunrise viewing will remain suspended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The official also said tours will begin at 7:00 a.m. and tourists need to undergo health screenings upon arrival in Sagada.

“Assessment will be done when registering at the Tourist Information Center when checking in at accommodations, and before tours start,” he said.—AAC

Oil price hike looms this week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 24, 2020

FILE PHOTO: PTT fuel dispenser | PVI/Mosquiton Isacar

Oil companies are set to implement price adjustments beginning Tuesday (February 25).

Based on Shell’s advisory, their diesel, gasoline, and kerosene prices will go up by P0.20/liter, P0.30/liter, and P0.35/liter respectively. The said prices will be effective on Tuesday at 6:00 a.m.

Petro Gazz will also implement the same price hike on their diesel (P0.20/liter), and gasoline (P0.30/liter).

Meanwhile, Cleanfuel is set to implement their price adjustments on Wednesday (February 26) at 12:01 a.m. Their diesel price will be up by P0.20/liter while gasoline price will increase by P0.30/liter.—AAC

LOOK: LRT 1 pillars turn into vertical gardens

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 11, 2020

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has transformed two Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1) concrete pillars in Manila into green vertical gardens.

The two pillars are located at the Central Station and Manila City Hall along Natividad-Lopez St.

According to a Twitter post of LRT-1, the vertical gardens are made of assorted bird’s nest fern, manaog ka irog, and philodendron heartleaf to help fight air pollution.

This is seen to improve the aesthetic appeal of the concrete pillars.

“This vertical garden initiative, a first for the City of Manila, is in support of Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso’s planned 1,600 hectares of green space to make Manila’s environment healthy and livable again,” the post reads.

The LRMC and City of Manila will share the responsibility of maintaining the plants.—AAC

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