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LOOK: It’s training day for PNP, LRT-2 as new normal sets in

George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 26 2020 11:45 PM | Updated as of May 26 2020 11:48 PM

As Metro Manila mayors recommend placing the NCR under general quarantine from June 1, the Philippine National Police and the Light Rail Transit Authority simulated Line-2 operations under a new normal on Tuesday.

Clad in a white shirt and jeans, some 500 police trainees played the role of passengers during the exercise, which ran from Recto Station in Manila to Cubao in Quezon City. 

Having been shut down for almost 11 weeks, the LRT-2 will operate in a limited capacity once it is opened allowing for only 10% of its passenger load every ride due to physical distancing measures expected to be put in place.

This could prove to be a challenge not only to LRTA management, but to people who regularly use the LRT as their commute will surely take longer than before. 

Here are some scenes from the dry run.

Taking the role of passengers, PNP trainees line up outside the LRT2 Recto Station minutes before the simulation exercise. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Physical distancing measures will be enforced once the LRT-2 is allowed to operate again. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The queues leading to LRT-2 stations are expected to even be longer with health measures put in place. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Recto Station is known as one of the LRT-2's busiest. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

PNP trainees stand on yellow markers to promote physical distancing at LRT-2 stations. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Because of safety measures, the LRT-2 will only serve some 160 passengers every ride instead of the usual 1,050 to 1,600 passengers. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Managing passengers inside the station is expected to be easier as there will be no pedestrians or street vendors. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Trainees fall in line, as they prepare to enter the train. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

NCRPO Chief Debold Sinas instructs a trainee during the simulation. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

PNP trainees line up inside the LRT2 Recto Station minutes during a simulation exercise on May 26, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

PNP trainees observe physical distancing by sitting on markers put on the seats. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Markers are also placed for standing passengers. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The interior of the train will be disinfected after every trip. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

NCRPO Chief Debold Sinas gives a thumbs-up to a security guard during the exercise. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News