Workers can ride LRT-2 for free on Labor Day

By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz

April 29, 2024, 4:55 pm Updated on April 30, 2024, 11:28 am

<p>A 2nd generation train of the LRT-2<em> (PNA file photo)</em></p>

A 2nd generation train of the LRT-2 (PNA file photo)

MANILA – The Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will offer free rides to all workers on May 1 during the morning and evening rush hours to mark Labor Day.

In a statement Monday, LRT-2 operator Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said the Department of Labor and Employment requested the free service to recognize the sacrifices and contribution of Filipino workers to the economy.

“Hindi man po namin matatawaran ang inyong sakripisyo at ang inyong napakalaking ambag, sana ma-iparamdam namin sa pamamagitan nitong libreng sakay ang aming taos-pusong pasasalamat (While we are incapable of giving something that is equal to your sacrifices and contributions, we wish to make you feel our gratitude through these free rides),” LRTA administrator Hernando Cabrera said.

In a separate advisory, MRT-3 officer in charge, Assistant Secretary Jorjette Aquino said the free rides are a gift to workers who work daily to provide for their families.

“Ang kanilang mga sakripisyo ang aming inspirasyon upang patuloy na pagbutihin ang aming serbisyo. Ipinagmamalaki, pinasasalamatan, at sinasaluduhan po namin ang lahat ng mga manggagawang Pilipino (Their sacrifice is our inspiration to improve our services. We are proud, thankful, and we salute all Filipino workers),” Aquino said.

The free rides in both rail services will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Workers must show company or government-issued identification to avail of free rides.

Labor Day is an annual regular holiday in the Philippines.

The first commemoration of Labor Day happened on May 1, 1903, organized by the Union Obrera Democratica de Filipinas, the country’s first labor federation. (PNA)