Philippines’ first, LRMC introduces new female LRT-1 driver

  • The management of Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) introduced the first female driver of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) train
  • The new driver, 26-year-old Kathleen Dela Paz, is a graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  • Dela Paz assured the LRT commuters that she, as well as her fellow drivers, can do the job well

MANILA, Philippines – The management of Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) introduced the first female driver of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) train on Tuesday.

“LRMC is very proud to hire its first lady driver, demonstrating our company’s belief that skills and competence are not gender-specific,” said LRMC Operations Director Rodrigo Bulario.

Aie Balagtas See mentioned in her story for Inquirer that 26-year-old Kathleen Dela Paz is a graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and has undergone a 40-day training course before she started driving trains earlier this month.

“Ms. Dela Paz has shown prowess, customer-orientation, and willingness to learn that dovetails with LRMC’s customer-focused philosophy,” Bulario said.

LRMC revealed that Dela Paz is just one of the 30 train drivers they hired under the company’s Project Arangkada. Under the same project, LRMC also hired 105 station tellers and 25 station supervisors.

The recent hirings are part of efforts to add more trips per day and open more teller booths at LRT Line 1 (LRT-1) stations.

Dela Paz assured the LRT commuters that she, as well as her fellow drivers, can do their job well.

“Wag naman sila matakot kasi nag-training naman kami. Kaya alam naman namin kung paano gagawin ‘yung trabaho namin,” Dela Paz answered when asked what she would tell passengers who might feel uncomfortable knowing their driver is a lady.

[“They should not be afraid because we have undergone training. We know how to do our job.”].

An article by Ted Cordero for GMA News said the training sessions mentioned by Dela Paz comprised of technical and practical aspects, such as safety communication, incident/accident management, fault reporting, basic train driving and intervention, and hauling procedures.

LRMC is the private concessionaire of LRT-1 and a consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Ayala Corp., and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings. In September 2015, the company took over the operations and management of LRT-1.

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