Coming soon: Special rail passes for students

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Posted at Jun 29 2019 11:00 AM | Updated as of Jun 29 2019 11:36 AM

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MANILA - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will soon issue identification cards that would serve as special rail passes for students who are exempted from paying train fares, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said Saturday.

Tugade did not give a specific date for the issuance of the new passes, but said that it would be issued during the "medium-term phase" of the government's free train ride program for students.

"Ang pang matagalan at medium-term phase, mag-iissue kami ng ID kung saan nandoon 'yung mga datos kasama 'yung mga number ng student, 'yung accreditation para ito 'yung pass na gagamitin," he told DZMM.

(During the long-term and medium-term phase, we would issue IDs - indicating a student's data, number and accreditation - that would serve as their pass.)

The DOTr earlier announced it would waive fares for students in selected railways during the following hours:

- Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT 2): 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
- Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3): 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Philippine National Railways (PNR): 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"After months rerepasuhin natin 'yan. Kailangan ba magumpisa tayo ng later at papahabain yung oras? Magdedecide tayo diyan," Tugade said.

(We would change that after months. Should the promo start later in the day so we could extend the coverage hours? We will decide.)

The LRT Line 1 is not covered by the program as its operation is handled by a private firm, the transportation chief said.

"Sabihin na lang natin na parang kinikiliti o kinokonsensya 'yung pribado, baka sakaling sumabay sa agos," he said.

(Let's just say that we are tickling or appealing to the private sector to follow suit, go with the flow.)

'SENSE OF PUNCTUALITY'

The scheme seeks to help parents save money, and push students to have a "sense of punctuality," Tugade said.

"Noong mga nag-aaral tayo, ginigising tayo ng mga magulang natin, laging maaga. That developed in us a sense of punctuality. Iyon 'yung gusto ko i-revive," he said.

(When we were studying, our parents would ask us to wake up early. That developed in us a sense of punctuality. I want to revive that.)

The scheme is expected to start on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Students who are pursuing masteral and doctorate degrees are not covered by the program.

Fares would not be waived during holidays.