Workers get free MRT train rides on Labor Day–Baldoz

As the country prepares to celebrate the 112th Labor Day on 1 May, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced that Filipino workers, both public and private, can enjoy free MRT rides on that day.

“Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya of the Department of Transportation and Communications said Labor Day is of national significance, hence, he had directed MRT3 General Manager Atty. Al S. Vitangcol III to ensure that the celebration would be a success,” said Baldoz, adding that Vitangcol had already issued the guidelines that shall be observed by the general riding public on 1 May when it comes to the MRT 3.

According to the DOTC guidelines, all public and private workers can avail of the free ride on MRT 3 from 7:00 AM to 10: 00 AM and from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on 1 May. Workers should present their company IDs and log their names with the security guard assigned at the service gate before they are issued boarding passes. They will be subjected to the usual baggage inspection. Their companions, however, shall pay for their own rides. The free MRT 3 rides shall be automatically deemed revoked at the close of the day.

The guidelines direct all MRT 3 station personnel to extend utmost courtesy and assistance to all public and private workers while they are within the MRT 3 premises.

Meanwhile, Baldoz said the DOLE still awaits for the response of the LRTA management for the free LRTA rides on 1 May.

This year’s Labor Day is being commemorated in honor of all Filipino workers on the theme, “Sa Sipag, Tiyaga, at Talino, Buong Mundo Saludo sa Manggagawang Pilipino’.

“The DOLE celebrates the 2014 Labor Day as a tribute to the nation’s workers and to their significant contribution to the country’s development and to highlight their achievements as a major socio-economic pillar of Philippine society,” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said, adding that every worker deserves a special privilege on their special day.

The DOLE is already finalizing its array of job fairs across the country’s 16 regions to provide nationwide employment facilitation opportunities and services to all jobseekers, new graduates, returning and displaced OFWs, and other Filipinos interested to work.

“This year’s Labor Day celebration shall be a job-filled event for all. On this occasion, we make sure that we bring together employers who are looking for applicants to fill vacancies in their companies and jobseekers who are looking for the right job that matches their skills. We are positive that every Filipino willing to work will get their lucky chance,” Baldoz said.

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