The Department of Transportation (DOTr) made an announcement that will help the students and parents ease their daily spendings. Students would get free rides from government-operated railway lines and free terminal fees in all airports and seaports across the country starting July 1, 2019.
Students will get free fares at MRT-3, LRT-2, PNR, as well as terminal fees at PPA and airports, according to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.
However, the free rides for students will be available on select hours — 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m according to Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Rey Berroya.
Philippine National Railways (PNR) General Manager Junn Magno said free rides for students will be from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For MRT-3, students will enjoy the free rides from 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco said the waiving of terminal fees on all CAAP-operated airports will be available “in a month’s time” as the agency still needs to iron out the mechanisms on how to implement the initiative.
Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago said that starting July 16, students will enjoy free terminal fees on all 114 seaports.
To avail of the discount, students need to fill up an application form on the websites of DOTr, MRT-3, and LRTA to get a “Student Free Ride ID.” As for its initial implementation, the students may present their school IDs.
The Transport chief also noted that students until undergrad/college level as well as those taking vocational/technical courses can avail of the free rides.
The free ride will only be available on weekdays. Students cannot avail of the free services on holidays.
“This is to give students incentives to go to school early and go home early… As we give benefits or free transport expense, we are trying to create a culture for a true student,” Tugade said.
The Transport chief said the initiative will be reviewed after three months to see what can be further improved.
“Give us a window in a period of three months to see if the implementation has become more wholesome,” Tugade said.