Sinas, men test MRT, LRT new normal measures

May 26, 2020

NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas, yesterday led the inspection of security deployment and health protocols inside the Metro Railway Transit and Light Railway Transit stations in Metro Manila as part of their action plan to secure commuters in the even public transport is returned by the government.

The official, joined by his district directors and other top NCRPO officials, said he wants to test the security preparedness and COVID-19 preparations of the MRT and LRT thru the conduct of simultaneous simulation exercises aimed at testing ‘first-hand’ the situations that may transpire in these facilities as soon as they are reopened to public under the ‘new normal.’

He also ordered the regular inspection of all Police Assistance Desks established in the transport facilities to help the public. Initial target of the security inspections is the MRT Line 3 from its North Avenue Station to Taft Station in Pasay City.

Sinas has discussed with LRT and MRT security managers and officers their action plan to secure the commuters once the government lifts the ban on public transport.

“The meeting aims to accelerate the planning and coordination scheme in crafting a modified action plan if ever that the ban on rail transit systems will be lifted,” Sinas told the Journal Group after meeting the rail transit officers at the NCRPO headquarters last week.

According to Sinas, they are drafting a security plan for all possible scenarios in the MRT, LRT and the Philippine National Railways transit based on the guidelines set by the government.

Sinas guaranteed that NCRPO personnel are ready to assist the rail transit management to ensure the safety of the public.

He added they will be conducting simultaneous simulation exercises in the rail transit terminals on Tuesday next week to experience ‘first-hand’ the situations that may transpire during the public transport reopening.