Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

MANILA – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will hold a simulation exercise next week in some stations of the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) to test the “new normal” once it is allowed to resume operations.

NCRPO chief Maj. Debold Sinas presided the meeting and dialogue with MRT-3’s security managers and officers together with the NCRPO Command Group, deputy district directors for operations, and key officials in Camp Bagong Diwa on Wednesday.

In a statement Thursday, Sinas said the meeting aims to accelerate the planning and coordination scheme in crafting a modified action plan once the suspension of public transportation is lifted.

He added that a security plan is being prepared for all possible scenarios based on the guidelines set by the government.

The simulation exercise will be held on May 26 at 1 p.m.

“We will have our simex (simulation exercise) that will start from Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 3 North Avenue Station to Taft Station on Tuesday. We are inviting our media friends to coordinate with us and cover the said activity,” he said.

He guaranteed that the NCRPO cops are ready to assist the rail transit security managers and officers to ensure the safety of all commuters.

Earlier, Sinas said 100 cops will be deployed to ensure that guidelines will be strictly implemented once the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and MRT resume its operations.

Police desks will also be set up in bus and jeepney terminals to assist the commuters.

“With the full cooperation of the public, we are hoping that all the guidelines regarding community quarantine will be properly implemented,” Sinas said.

Earlier, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) released guidelines requiring passengers to wear face masks, undergo thermal screening and enforcement of physical distancing in all Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1) stations and trains.

The LRMC also encouraged passengers to use its “stored value cards” for contactless payment, use of footbaths or disinfecting mats in station entrances, and contactless enforcement of security through visual verification of passenger bags and the use of handheld metal detectors.

The measures are in compliance with the safety guidelines released by the Department of Transportation for mass public transportation in areas under the less stringent general community quarantine.

The LRMC said alcohol dispensers would be available at ticket booths, liquid soap dispensers available in restrooms, and the disinfection of all LRT-1 trains at the end of both northbound and southbound trips. (ia/PNA)

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