MANILA (DWDD) – Starting April 25, all active military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be entitled to free rides at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (DOTr-MRT3).
Through a Memorandum of Agreement ( MOA ) between the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the AFP, all active military personnel may avail of an MRT-3 ride free of charge upon showing their AFP identification cards, which will serve as their access pass. Validity of the service shall last for one year.
On the same day, a signing ceremony between the two agencies will be held at the MRT-3 Depot in Quezon City to commemorate 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 (CRSAFP) Commander and AFP Spokesperson BGen. Bienvenido Datuin, Jr.
The agreement will be noted by DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan and AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez, Jr. and approved by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.
Tugade said the free train ride is a way of recognizing the sacrifices of our military.
“Isa sa pinakamahirap na tungkulin ang maging sundalo. Maliit na pabor lamang ito bilang pasasalamat sa kanilang sakrispisyo at pagmamahal sa bayan,” said Tugade.
In return, the AFP will be providing the DOTr-MRT-3 ambulance and medical teams for assistance during emergency and crisis situations upon advance coordination and when available.
Last year, a MOA was also approved and signed between the AFP and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), granting all uniformed personnel free rides until December 2018 at the LRT-2 as a gesture of appreciation for the soldiers who risked their lives during the Marawi City siege. DOTr/MCAG