LRT-1 implements new safety guidelines for passengers

Even though Metro Manila is still placed under Modified ECQ until May 31, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) is already in full swing of preparations as it anticipates the resumption of the LRT-1 operations. This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) released new safety guidelines for mass public transportation once the quarantine is lifted.

To ensure the welfare and protection of both passengers and employees, LRT-1 private operator LRMC will implement the following health and safety measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 once it re-opens its trains to the public.

Passenger guidelines

Here are some things to remember if you plan to ride the LRT-1 going to and from work:

  • No mask no entry.
  • Thermal screening done upon entry of LRT-1 station. Those with temperature greater than 37.6˚ C will not be allowed to enter the station.
  • Physical distancing will be strictly enforced at the stations and trains, with floor markings as guidance.
  • Passengers are encouraged to use Stored Value Cards for contactless payment.
  • Placement of foot bath or disinfecting mats in all LRT-1 station entrances.
  • Passengers will still be requested to open their bags for verification, but LRT-1 security will be using a hand-held metal detector, and no frisking will be conducted.

Increased sanitation and safety promotion

  • Alcohol sanitizer dispensers will be available at all ticket booths, while liquid soap dispensers will be available in restrooms.
  • Trains are to be disinfected upon reaching the ends of the line at Roosevelt and Baclaran stations, and deep-cleaned at the end of each day. The driver’s cab is to be cleaned before each handover.
  • Commonly touched areas such as ticket booths, ticket vending machines, handrails, elevators, escalators, platform benches, and comfort rooms will be cleaned every 30 minutes.
  • Safety video reminders from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization will be played on the LCD screens, while posters and signage will be displayed prominently at each station and in each train. Staff and train drivers shall remind passengers to follow physical distancing at all times.

Download companion app ikotMNL

As the company leverages on the use of technology, passengers are encouraged to go digital and use the ikotMNL mobile app to easily get updates and announcements, plan their trips, check the LRT-1’s schedule and crowd status at the stations ahead of time. You can also relay COVID-19 related concerns or inquiries through this mobile app.

LRMC uses an automated system in the deployment of its trains, which provides better flexibility to match passenger volume for the day and avoid crowd build-up. Also, LRMC is working with partners to develop innovative sanitation technologies and methods to be more efficient and effective in keeping the railway safe for passengers. In addition, the company is looking out for its employees by providing them with face masks, hygiene supplies, regular health checks, and modified work arrangements.

“We look forward to serving once again our passengers who rely on the LRT-1 for their daily commute. We are committed to keeping you safe and giving you peace of mind as you ride our trains and return to your routine. Now more than ever, we appeal for your cooperation as we all face this new normal,” said Juan F. Alfonso, President and CEO of LRMC.

LRT-1 operations have been suspended since March 17 as a result of the government’s extension of the enhanced community quarantine. Preventive and maintenance work for the line have been undertaken during this period in accordance with the IATF’s work safety guidelines to ensure improved service.

For more updates and info on the LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at facebook.com/officialLRT1, or on Twitter at @officialLRT1.

Pilipinas ESETGO introduces new motorcycle ride-hailing service

The motorcycle ride-hailing service industry in the Philippines may still be in its infancy stage, but it’s showing a lot of promise as more and more commuters are demanding for it. As new players are entering the scene, one company hopes to join the mix with a promise of quality service and more benefits for both riders and passengers.

Pilipinas ESETGO Corporation recently introduced to the media its integrative strategy to make the Philippines a gold standard in motorcycle ride-hailing services and contribute to economic growth, as well as promote nation-building. The company’s CEO John Alexis C. Revilla, CPM, is one of the country’s certified top marketing professionals who championed excellence in the field, which made him one of the consistent brand lawyers/category heads of the Philippine Marketing Association’s Agora Awards.

The Pilipinas ESETGO mobile app will not only be a portal where passengers can book their rides, also known as their PASAKAY service. It will also feature other services such as PADALA, an instant package courier service; PABILI, a purchase and delivery assistance; PABAYAD, an over-the-counter bills payment service; PAASIKASO, a corporate assistance service that allows the rider to transact on your behalf via an authorization letter; PAALALAY, made specifically for senior citizens and PWDs to assist them with their needs; and PASADA service, which utilizes tricycles for passengers’ errands.

Although they have yet to be included in the ongoing pilot run for motorcycle taxis of the LTFRB, Pilipinas ESETGOis already ensuring passenger safety and satisfaction in all aspects of its future operations. “We will make sure to partner with the most respected institutions for every aspect of our business–from riders’ training to payment outlets. Our main concern is always the safety and convenience of our future passengers, and at the same time, we also aim to give our fellow Filipinos–especially those who are struggling to earn a living–to have a decent source of income that would be empowering for them in the long run,” says Revilla.

GCash and beep™ now use QR ticketing

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Working moms who take the BGC Bus in Makati/Taguig or the Topline Express Ferries in Cebu City to get to work can now enjoy the convenience of QR technology.

AF Payments Inc., the company that modernized payment and ticketing in transportation through beep™, implements the first QR code transport ticketing system in the Philippines.
Metro Manila-based BGC Bus and Cebu-based Topline Express Ferries will now be shifting to QR code technology for payment and passenger ticketing.

In case you don’t know what a QR or Quick Response Code is, it’s a two-dimensional barcode that stores information and can be read rapidly by a QR reader. This allows quick passenger validation and entry into the paid or boarding areas.

So how does it work?

In addition to using beep™ card and beep™-powered Topline Express Ferries cards, commuters now have the option to buy QR code-based tickets that the commuter will scan before boarding the bus or ferry. The new system will replace manually validated paper ticketing to ensure quicker validation and hassle-free commuter experience.

Additionally, AF Payments is bringing in the convenience of mobile payments. In partnership with GCash, passengers of BGC Bus & Topline Express Ferries can now pay their fare using the GCash mobile app.

To pay using GCash, proceed to the ticket counter and open the GCash app on your smartphone. Choose Pay QR, generate your own QR code, and scan the QR code on the beep QR Reader. Your QR ticket will automatically print and the fare will be deducted from your GCash account.

With 6.5 million beep™ cards in the market and over 20 million GCash account holders nationwide, this initiative is expected to benefit a sizable portion of e-wallet customers in the Philippines. Passengers can now enjoy more options to pay and get tickets for their daily commute.

AF Payments Inc. is planning to roll out QR ticketing to other partner buses in Metro Manila in the coming months. QR tickets are easy to use and reduce implementation and integration costs for public transport operators.