Monday, April 23, 2018

All active military personnel to get free MRT rides, starting April 25

Free ride given to all active AFP personnel

Manila, Philippines - Starting April 25, all active personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be entitled to free rides at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-13).

Upon presentation of their AFP identification cards, active military personnel may now avail of the free ride.

ID cards will serve as their access pass, as announced by the Department of Transportation (DOtr), which will be valid for one year.

On Wednesday, the DOTr and AFP signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the MRT-3 depot in Quezon City to seal and formalize the partnership.

The MOA will be signed by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, MRT-3 General Manager Rodolfo Garcia and Civil Relations Service AFP Commander Brig. Gen. Bienvenido Datuin Jr.

The said agreement will be noted by Batan and AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr. and will be approved by Tugade and Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense (DND).

Tugade highlighted that this free train ride for the military men is to recognize their sacrifices for the country.

“Isa sa pinakamahirap na tungkulin ang maging sundalo. Maliit na pabor lamang ito bilang pasasalamat sa kanilang sakripisyo at pagmamahal sa bayan (One of the hardest job is to be a soldier. It's only a token gratitude for their sacrifice and love for the country),” Tugade said in a statement Monday.

Meanwhile, the AFP will then provide MRT ambulance and medical teams for emergency assistance and crisis situations.

Source: PNA