The management of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) has lifted its ban on bottled water and other liquid items.
MRT-3 said in a statement Wednesday that bottled water, lotions and other liquids such as perfume, alcohol and the like that have volume capacity of more than 100 milliliters (ML) may now be brought inside train stations and coaches.
However, passengers have to test these items by drinking the water, spraying perfume or using the lotion or rubbing alcohol in front of MRT security personnel.
Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) also temporarily lifted its liquid ban as they await the policy’s official Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) from the Office of the Transportation Security, according to LRT-2 Spokesperson Hernando Cabrera.
For its part, the Management of the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) said it would continue implementing its ban on bottled water and other drinks.
In January, transport authorities imposed a liquid ban in the MRT and LRT lines as part of heightened security measures following recent bombing incidents in the southern part of the country.
Only breast milk, liquids for the needs of children and people with disabilities and liquids used to augment the body for medical and cosmetic reasons were allowed on the trains during the ban. – Robie de Guzman
MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transport (LRT) Line 2 management has temporarily shut down the train’s air conditioning system to prevent damage to the trains due to ash fall as a result of the recent eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas.
On its Twitter account, LRT-2 added that windows will remain closed to prevent the riding public from exposure to volcanic ash that is harmful to health due to its sulfur content.
Train service remains on normal operation at LRT2 as well as at LRT Line 1 and MRT-3.
Meanwhile, the number coding scheme has already been suspended on Monday.
This means vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are allowed to travel in Metro Manila streets throughout the day.
Also, all flights have already been cancelled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as early as Sunday (January 12).
Cancellations remain in effect “until further notice,” according to authorities.
On top of the P30 issuance fee on reloadable cards, passengers have to pay an initial load higher than the minimum fare of P12 for LRT-1 and 2 and P13 for MRT-3.
The said increase in card issuance fee is in line with the concession agreement signed on March 31, 2014 by DOTr and AF Payments Inc., the concessionaire jointly owned by the Ayala Group and Metro Pacific Investments.
Based on Sec. 16.5.b of the agreement: “Any Stored Value Card distributed by the concessionaire until 31 December 2019 shall be charged an issuance fee of not more than twenty pesos (PhP 20); and any stored value card distributed by the concessionaire after 31 December 2019 shall be charged an issuance fee of not more than thirty pesos (PhP30).”
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