LIST: MRT-3 train service schedule this holiday

Marje Pelayo   •   December 13, 2019   •   337

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) management has released the train service schedule for the holiday season.

Specifically, trains will have shortened operating hours on December 24, 25, 31, and on January 1.

Such adjustment is to give way for the replacement of the trains’ dilapidated rails, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

MRT-3 train service schedule this holiday season will be as follows:

December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 26 and 27

  • First Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Station starts at 4:40 a.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station starts at 5:41 a.m.

  • Last Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Station leaves at 9:10 p.m.

Taft Station to North Avenue Station leaves at 10:11 p.m.

December 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30

  • First Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Stations leaves at 4:40 a.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station leaves at 5:37 a.m.

  • Last train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue station leaves at 9:10 p.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station leaves at 10:11 p.m.

December 24 and 31

  • First Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Stations leaves at 4:40 a.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station leaves at 5:37 a.m.

  • Last Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue station leaves at 7:45 p.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue station leaves at 8:42 p.m.

December 25

  • First Train

North Avenue and Taft Avenue stations leave at 6:30 a.m.

  • Last Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Station leaves at 9:10 p.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue station leaves at 10:11 p.m.

January 1

  • First Train

North Avenue and Taft Avenue stations leave at 6:30 a.m.

  • Last train

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue station leaves at 10:11 p.m.

January 2 and 3

  • First Train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue Station starts at 4:40 a.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station starts at 5:41 a.m.

  • Last train

North Avenue station to Taft Avenue station leaves at 9:10 p.m.

Taft Avenue station to North Avenue Station leaves at 10:11 p.m.

LRT-2 shuts off air conditioning system due to volcanic ash

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transport (LRT) Line 2 management has temporarily shut down the train’s air conditioning system to prevent damage to the trains due to ash fall as a result of the recent eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas.

On its Twitter account, LRT-2 added that windows will remain closed to prevent the riding public from exposure to volcanic ash that is harmful to health due to its sulfur content.

Train service remains on normal operation at LRT2 as well as at LRT Line 1 and MRT-3.

Meanwhile, the number coding scheme has already been suspended on Monday.

This means vehicles with plate numbers ending in 1 and 2 are allowed to travel in Metro Manila streets throughout the day.

Also, all flights have already been cancelled at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as early as Sunday (January 12).

Cancellations remain in effect “until further notice,” according to authorities.

READ: DOTr, CAAP, MIAA: Flight suspension in effect until further notice

Beep cards now at P30

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Stored value cards or ‘beep cards’ now cost ₱30, according to the latest announcement of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) on Thursday (January 2).

The P10 price hike on stored value cards has taken effect on January 1, 2020.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified, however, that there is no increase in the actual train fare of LRT-1, LRT-2 and Metro Rail Transit Line Line-3.

On top of the P30 issuance fee on reloadable cards, passengers have to pay an initial load higher than the minimum fare of P12 for LRT-1 and 2 and P13 for MRT-3.

The said increase in card issuance fee is in line with the concession agreement signed on March 31, 2014 by DOTr and AF Payments Inc., the concessionaire jointly owned by the Ayala Group and Metro Pacific Investments.

Based on Sec. 16.5.b of the agreement: “Any Stored Value Card distributed by the concessionaire until 31 December 2019 shall be charged an issuance fee of not more than twenty pesos (PhP 20); and any stored value card distributed by the concessionaire after 31 December 2019 shall be charged an issuance fee of not more than thirty pesos (PhP30).”

PNP-ACG probes suspicious online greetings

Maris Federez   •   December 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) is investigating the alleged dubious online greetings on social media.

This, after the online group, Cyber Security Philippines-CERT warned about online links containing holiday greetings that are allegedly being used by hackers to gather personal information of netizens.

The group said this modus used by criminal elements brings the user to another site when the online greeting link is clicked.

Most of these links ask for personal data of the users for them to be able to enter the site.

The PNP-ACG said this kind of scam prevails during the holiday season.

“Tini-take advantage ng mga masasamang loob ‘yung pagkakataon na mayroong pera, bonus ‘yung ating mga kababayan. At syempre, ‘yung ating mga salary, pumapasok na automated na,” said PCpt. Jeck Robin Gammad, PNP-ACG Public Information Office chief.

Authorities advise the netizens not to open any suspicious-looking websites, especially those that ask for personal information.

“Iniimbestigahan pa natin dahil hindi tayo sigurado kung ito ba’y makasasama o makabubuti sa atin personally at sa ating mga personal information, huwag na lang muna natin siyang i-click,” Gammad added.

In case, the link is accidentally clicked and opened, the authorities advise to change the password of all social media accounts, especially online banking account applications; reset web browers; and update the anti-virus and anti-malware software in the computer and smartphones. (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

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