Mga beterano, may libreng sakay sa MRT at LRT sa April 5-11

admin   •   March 25, 2013   •   3085

FILE PHOTO: Isang beterano ng World War 2 veteran ang nangunguna sa parada sa Binakayan, Kawit,  Cavite patungong Aguinaldo Shrine nitong ika-12 ng Hunyo 2012 bilang pakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas. (PHOTOVILLE International / Athoy Varona)

FILE PHOTO: Isang beterano ng World War 2 ang nangunguna sa parada sa Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite patungong Aguinaldo Shrine nitong ika-12 ng Hunyo 2012 bilang pakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas. (PHOTOVILLE International / Athoy Varona)

MANILA, Philippines — Kaalinsabay ng pagdiriwang ng Veteran’s Week sa susunod na buwan, inihayag ngayon ng Department of Transportation and Communications o DOTC na magkakaroon ng libreng sakay sa Light Rail Transit o LRT at Metro Rail Transit o MRT ang mga beterano.

Ayon kay DOTC Undersecretary for Operations Eduardo Oban ang libreng sakay sa LRT at MRT ay gagawin simula April 5 hanggang 11 mula alas-5:00 ng umaga hanggang alas-9:00 ng gabi.

Para sa mga beteranong gustong maka-avail ng nasabing libreng sakay, kailangan lamang umanong magpakita ng kani-kanilang mga identification cards na ibinigay ng Philippine Veterans Affairs Office. (UNTV News)

Angkas, may libreng sakay para sa medical frontliners sa Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – May alok na libreng sakay ang motocycle-ride hailing service na Angkas sa medical frontline workers na nahihirapang bumiyahe ngayong umiiral uli ang modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) sa Metro Manila.

Ang hakbang ay sa pakikipag-tulungan ng Angkas service sa Joint Task Force COVID (JTF CV) Shield na may layuning tugunan ang pangangailangan sa transportasyon ng healthcare workers ngayong suspindido ang biyahe ng mga pampublikong sasakyan.

Sa ilalim ng kasunduan, nasa 1,000 Angkas riders ang ide-deploy sa labing-isang ospital sa Metro Manila upang maghatid-sunod sa medical frontliners.

Ayon kay JTF CV Shield commander Police Lt.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, tatambay sa labas ng ospital ang Angkas riders para maghintay ng medical workers na nais magpahatid.

Kailangan lang ay magpakita ang frontliners ng identification card upang maka-avail ng libreng sakay.

“Itong ating mga health workers, probably sa umaga okey pa yung biyahe nila masigla pa pero after their shift, ito yung mga pagod na so naka-standby sila doon para ihatid sila ng bahay… and after that pwedeng may arrangement na sila ang susundo kinabukasan kung sakali,” ani Elezar.

Tiniyak naman ni Eleazar na may tatanggaping suweldo ang Angkas rider na nagbibigay ng libreng sakay.

Samantala, mamahagi rin ang JTF CV Shield ng 1,000 motorcycle barriers sa piling medical frontliners upang magamit ng kan-kanilang mga kamag-anak o kakilala na maaaring maghatid sa kanila sa trabaho.

“It will be given sa mga health workers, priority doon sa kanila at yung pamilya nila na may motor. ‘Yung mga police station, sila ngayon ang lalapitan para ma-distribute ito yung 1,000 shield,” ani Eleazar. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

QC offers more ‘Libreng Sakay’ to commuters

Marje Pelayo   •   June 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The local government of Quezon City has added two new routes to its Libreng Sakay program to help commuters catch a ride to and from their workplaces and other destinations.

“As we transition to General Community Quarantine (GCQ), we have to assist the people to adjust to the new normal and that includes going back to work,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The Libreng Sakay program, which has dedicated 14 buses to ply two identified routes,  is available to the general public and Quezon City residents.

The said routes are as follows:

  • Route 1: SM Fairview – Quezon Avenue MRT (via Commonwealth Ave)

Starting point: SM Fairview

Pick up points

– Atherton / FCM

– Dona Carmen / Don Fabian (Wilcon)

– Litex

– Commonweath Market / Riverside

– Batasan

– Don Antonio

– Luzon / Tandang Sora (Puregold)

Drop off point: Quezon Avenue MRT

  • Route 2: Novaliches Bayan – North Avenue MRT (via Quirino Highway – Mindanao Ave)

Starting point: Nova Bayan

Drop off point: North Ave MRT

The city government has prioritized these routes due to the number of commuters who were stranded in these areas last Monday, the first day of the general community quarantine (GCQ) when several businesses were allowed to open.

“We recognize that a lot of people, mostly workers, are already returning to their offices but transport vehicles are few. We have to help augment,” said Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo.

Kimpo assured that the city government duly observes social distancing and other necessary protocols while the program is being implemented.

“Our seats have been installed with markers to keep passengers apart. Wearing of proper face mask will be strictly observed and is expected of our passengers,” said Kimpo.

Mayor Belmonte has asked the public to follow the city government’s  guidelines, adding that their cooperation is vital in curbing further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Mahalaga ang kooperasyon ng bawat isa sa paglipat natin patungo sa GCQ. Kailangan natin ang tulong ng lahat para hindi na kumalat pa ang virus na ito,” said Belmonte.

Meanwhile, the Libreng Sakay program for frontliners is still on-going.

Expect longer queues at MRT-3 under the new normal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2020

The Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) has warned its passengers to expect longer queues as they prepare to resume operations under the ‘new normal’.

The management will be implementing strict physical distancing where passengers are required to wear face masks. Senior citizens, pregnant women, and passengers ages 21 and below will not be allowed inside the MRT-3.

Passenger numbers will only be limited to 153 per train and those with high temperature will also not be allowed to enter.

According to MRT-3 Director for Operations Engr. Michael Capati, queues would take longer than an hour.

“They will have to allocate more time in their travel time. Kasi alam naman nila doon sa dati nating “normal”, mahaba ang pila. Matagal silang pumipila, much more dito sa ‘new normal’, mayroon compliance doon sa social distancing, (Because in the previous “normal”, lines were already long. They used to wait in line for hours, much more here in the ‘new normal’, there is compliance to social distancing),” he said.

With this, the MRT-3 management is recommending private companies to consider flexible work schedule to avoid overcrowding, especially during rush hours.

They are also planning to add more trains which include the three Dalian trains that passed in the decommissioning. Capati said there are 15 to 16 operational MRT-3 trains.

“Talgang kailangan mag-deploy ng more trains available (There is a need to deploy more available trains),” he said.

Meanwhile, the LRT-1 and LRT-2 are also preparing to implement new protocols under the ‘new normal’. LRT-2 will limit the number of passengers to 160 per train while LRT-1 will limit the number of passengers to 158. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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