Monday, June 13, 2011

NYC Appeals to LRT & MRT to Extend Student Discounts


The National Youth Commission (NYC) appeals to the management of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Light Railway Transit (LRT) to grant fare discounts to students to ease their financial burden. This call came in light of the reports received by NYC from students as colleges opened today.

Chairman Leon Flores III said that the NYC urges DOTC to issue a directive that will extend fare discount to student-commuters. “Marami sa mga estudyante natin ang hindi nakakapasok at napipilitang umabsent sa iskwela dahil wala o kulang ang pamasahe. Ang iba napipilitang mag dropout, ang iba napipilitang mag-part time job para madagdagan ang allowance. Kung ang senior citizens nga may discount, bakit hindi ang mga estudyante?”

According to a recent survey done by the Commission, most students who take the train have a daily allowance of only 100 pesos, 50 percent of which goes to transportation alone. Most youth respondents said that a student discount from the LRT and MRT would indeed be beneficial to them.

“Para sa isang estudyante, malaking bagay na ang 50 pesos. Ang discount na maibibigay ng LRT at MRT ay pwede na naming idagdag sa pambili ng pagkain o iba pang kailangan sa iskwela,” said Ayna Ramos, a student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines who commutes via the LRT everyday.

In an interview with Ms. Irene Valensarina, the Public Relations Officer of LRTA, she said that LRT is not currently giving discounts but the management is mulling over giving student discounts with the impending increase of train fare.  Mr. Ryan AbiƱon from the office of the General Manager of MRT likewise said that as of the moment there are no directives from the management regarding student discounts this year. Both the LRT and MRT are under the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).

Ref: Chairman Leon Flores III

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