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Morale Reducing Transport (MRT)

by: May-i Fabros

An ode to Jun

I stand in front waiting.

Jostling. Pushing and pulling.

In a matter of minutes I’m in without even moving.

Sweat trickling down your face, quickly turning into a downpour.

Skin against skin.

Touching. Groping.

Your breath on my neck.

Your scent mixing with mine, and hers and his

The rush.

A thin line between pleasure and pain

Where pleasure is the anticipation of being home

After a long tiring day at work, capped with morale reducing transport (MRT)

This is rush hour. Manila version.

I cannot help but laugh. Public transport in the Philippines is a reflection of how government values its people.

Like Sardines: MRT passengers wait for the doors to open during a typical rush hour in the metro.

Like Sardines: MRT passengers wait for the doors to open during a typical rush hour in the metro (iCSC/Reina Garcia).

I double dare the President, or

any aspiring public official to take the train during rush hour. You are tired as hell from work and then you find yourself squeezing, and demanding a place in an already cramped space.

Nothing is as insulting and degrading as this. Worse, the daily scene at the train stations is a stampede waiting to happen.

How difficult is it to add more coaches to accommodate more people, and to link the LRT

1 and MRT? To transfer from the North Avenue MRT station to the Roosevelt Station of the LRT1, I would have to either take a long, smoky walk along EDSA, take a cab or bus.

When I checked the prices of coaches or passenger cars, it can go as low as US$25,000. That’s about a billion pesos, almost the same price as the President’s helicopter, but would seat more people. With the freed up pork barrel, about Php27 billion pesos, there are funds available to additional coaches. Also, I wouldn’t mind paying an extra Php5 to Php10 for comfort and safety. I would assume the other members of the labor force would not mind it as well.

If only Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas made things a little better during his almost 3 year stint at the Department of Transportation and Communication to. The opportunity was there. I would have considered voting for him if he only lived up to his task as DOTC head.

With Secretary Jun Abaya, close to a year in the job, I hope the plans

to make public transportation more humane for the masses will be a reality even before the 2016 elections.

But first, I dare him to take the MRT/LRT at rush hour so he can experience the urgency (of the matter).



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