- Train passengers can avail of free rides this Independence Day, June 12
- Free rides will be offered by the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT)
- The announcement was made by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines
This Independence Day, train passengers have the option to take a train ride without needing to pay anything — but, of course, at the right time!
In an article that was posted on CNN Philippines, it was disclosed that train passengers can avail of free Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) rides from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Independence Day, June 12.
The announcement was made by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Philippine Information Agency.
The MRT runs along Epifanio De los Santos Avenue (EDSA) from Taft Avenue in Pasay City to North Avenue in Quezon City; the LRT-1 runs from Baclaran in Pasay City to Roosevelt in Quezon City; while the LRT-2 stretches from Recto in Manila to Santolan in Pasig City. Free rides are usually offered to commuters taking the train services during national holidays and other special occasions.
Independence Day is an annual national holiday in the Philippines which is held in commemoration of the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. Since 1962, it has been the country’s National Holiday Day.
Prior to 1964, however, June 12 had been observed as Flag Day in the country. In 1965 President Diosdado Macapagal issued Proclamation No. 374, which moved National Flag Day to May 28; the date the Philippine Flag was first flown in battle in Alapan, Imus, Cavite in 1898.
In 1994, President Fidel V. Ramos issued Executive Order No. 179 which extends the celebration period of Flag Day, which is starting from May 28 to June 12; ordering government departments, agencies, offices, government owned and controlled corporations, state agencies, and local government units, and even private establishments, to prominently display the National Flag in all public buildings, government institutions, and official residences.