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PNP, LRTA bring free rides for cops, women's desks in stations

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) signed a deal on Tuesday, October 3, to install women's desks in train stations and give free rides for police officers.

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa and LRTA administrator Rey Berroya signed the memorandum in the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Cubao station Tuesday morning.

"The project aims to institutionalize an accessible, quality, and responsive assistance for our LRT passengers, personnel, and facilities to protect them from lawless violence and threats," Dela Rosa said reading a prepared speech.

The agreement comes while trains continue to burst with passengers during peak hours, leaving passengers prone to theft and sexual crimes. (READ: Dear politicians, we’ve documented our commute so you don’t have to)

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa turned commuters' heads this morning as he attends their MOA signing with the LRTA. @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/CVqQifzxpd — Rambo Talabong (@rambotalabong) October 3, 2017

According to the agreement, the women's desks will first be installed in the Recto, Santolan, and Cubao stations of the LRT-2 line.

Police forces, the agreement said, can only ride for free in the LRT-2 line, if they are in "full uniform" with their PNP identification card.

They also agreed to increase police visibility in all LRT-2 stations, and committed to conduct quarterly emergency drills.

"We hope to strengthen crime prevention through this partnership and promote a greater feeling of safety and security to the community and the general public," Dela Rosa said. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

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