Only 7 MRT trains running on first day of school

MANILA, Philippines – As schools begin their first day of classes across the Philippines, thousands of commuters in Metro Manila were left standing in long queues with only 7 trains of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) operational on Monday morning, June 1. 

13 out of the 20 trains that should have been running during peak hours had problems with the air conditioning units, according to MRT3 general manager Roman Buenafe. 

According to protocol, these trains had to be sent to the depot for repairs.

The incident came on the same day thousands of students and teachers in Metro Manila trooped to schools for the first day of classes.

The MRT3 has been hit by frequent glitches in recent months. 

On April 21, the overburdened train line – which carries 600,000 passengers daily – had only 5 trains operational out of the usual 10 to 15. –