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Albay solon lauds free MRT-3 rides

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Albay Rep. Joey Salceda hailed the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to provide free MRT-3 rides, noting that this is a “welcome relief” for working Filipinos.

“As early as February, we have asserted that increasing public transport supply is one of the most optimal policy approaches to mitigate the effects of the fuel price hikes,” said Salceda.

“Public transport reduces the need for private transportation and eases congestion, which is a leading driver of higher fuel consumption among vehicles. President Duterte’s policy instinct on this matter is correct,” he added.

Duterte announced on Tuesday that MRT-3 rides will be free from march 28 to April 30.

Salceda also said that LTFRB has lifted restrictions on pre-pandemic bus routes.

“The guidelines from the LTFRB on that matter have been issued. I continue to appeal to the LTFRB to issue similar guidelines for public utility jeepney,” he said.

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