Soldiers can now ride the MRT-3 for free

As a way of giving back to the military’s bravery and sacrifices, the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) has started giving all military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) free train rides.

The MRT-3 said in a statement that the free ride treat for all uniformed personnel which started on April 25 was in line with the memorandum of agreement (MOA) that is slated to be signed with the AFP.

According to MRT-3 media relations officer Aly Narvaez, the said agreement will last until April 25, 2019.

“All active military personnel may avail themselves 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,” according to the MRT-3 management.

Also part of the signed agreement is AFP’s provision of ambulance and medical teams for assistance during emergency and crisis situations upon advance coordination with the MRT-3 management.

Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugalde said that the MOA is a way of being grateful for the military’s sacrifices for the betterment of the country.

“Isa sa pinakamahirap na tungkulin ang maging sundalo. Maliit na pabor lamang ito bilang pasasalamat sa kanilang sakrispisyo at pagmamahal sa bayan,” Tugade said.

Similar to the MRT-3, soldiers are also entitled to free LRT 2 rides until December 2, 2018 following the agreement signing between the AFP and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) in December 2017.