PNR head office work suspended until March 14 for disinfection ops

Robie de Guzman   •   March 12, 2020   •   936

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Thursday announced it is temporarily closing its head office in Manila to give way for disinfection amid the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In an advisory, the PNR said it will conduct cleaning and disinfecting of its Executive Building in Tondo from March 12, Thursday, until Sunday, March 14.

“All office works are also suspended during the said period,” it added.

In a separate statement, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that the PNR has started the disinfection of its trains and facilities in every loop.

“For Metro South Commuter disinfecting point is at Tutuban station; For Metro North Commuter, servicing and disinfecting point is Governor Pascual station and for Bicol Commuter, servicing point is Naga station,” the DOTr said.

“Disinfecting procedure are done by service providers supervised and monitored by COVID19 Task Force composed of all Division and Department Managers of PNR and PNR Medical team,” it added.

The process includes wiping of disinfecting solution on hand rails, windows, seats and other train surfaces, mopping of train floors and spraying of disinfectant over the train coaches.

“Procedure would take 15-20 minutes while trains are undergoing refueling and servicing,” the DOTr said.

The department assured that the proper disposal of used chemicals and rags will be observed, and other usable cleaning materials are sterilized prior to use. These are also kept in a sealed container with sterilizing solution.

DOTr train sector resumes operations Friday after TY Ulysses

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — After completing and passing all systems checks conducted earlier today, operations of the MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) resumed today Friday (November 13).

This, after services were suspended due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured that all vital equipment such as tracks, signaling, power cables, overhead catenary and station equipment in each of the train systems were found to be functional and in good condition.

MRT, LRT, PNR ops suspended ‘until further notice’ due to Typhoon Ulysses – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday announced that the operations of Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3), both lines 1 and 2 of Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Philippine National Railways (PNR) are suspended due to the effects of Typhoon Ulysses.

In an advisory, the DOTr said the railway operations will remain suspended “until further notice.”

“We will advise resumption of railway operations once all systems checks are done and cleared,” it added.

Managers of rail lines also reiterated the announcement on their respective social media accounts and advised commuters to continue monitoring their pages for updates.

Ulysses battered Metro Manila and parts of Luzon and Visayas, bringing howling winds and torrential rains that caused widespread flooding and landslide in many areas.

DOTr light rail system suspends operations due to Typhoon Rolly

Maris Federez   •   November 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation has announced the suspension of operations of the country’s light rail system amid the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly.

“In line with the latest severe weather bulletin issued by PAGASA placing Metro Manila under Signal Number 4, please be informed that LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 will suspend their respective operations effective immediately,” the DOTr advisory released on Saturday (Nov. 1) said.

It further notified the public that the PNR is likewise preparing for suspension of operations.

The notice, however, clarified that passengers and employees who are already on trains and stations will be ferried to their destinations.

The latest Pagasa bulletin announced that Metro Manila is under TCWS #4. As such, winds of greater than 171 km/h up to 220 km/h may be expected in at least 12 hours.

Typhoon Rolly is expected to bring very heavy damage to high–risk structures. — /mbmf

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