DOTr: Active military personnel to get free MRT-3 rides starting April 25

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) — Active military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can ride the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) for free starting April 25.

Through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the AFP, active military personnel will only need to show their AFP identification cards to avail of the free rides which will last for one year.

The MOA will be signed on Wednesday by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DOTr Undersecretary For Railways Timothy John Batan, MRT-3 General Manager Rodolfo Garcia, and Civil Relations Service AFP (CRSAFP) Commander Brig. Gen. Bienvenido Datuin, Jr.

Tugade said, "Isa sa pinakamahirap na tungkulin ang maging sundalo. Maliit na pabor lamang ito bilang pasasalamat sa kanilang sakrispisyo at pagmamahal sa bayan."

[Translation: One of the most difficult responsibilities is to become a soldier. This is a small favor to show our gratitude for their sacrifices and love for country.]

The AFP will be providing the MRT-3 with medical teams and ambulances to assist in emergency situations.

In 2017, a separate MOA was signed between the AFP and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), which gave free rides to all uniformed personnel until December 2018.