LRMC rolls out thermal screening system at LRT-1 stations

4 June 2020 Manila, Philippines – As part of its serious commitment to enforce health and safety measures against COVID-19, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has deployed new thermal cameras at select high-traffic LRT-1 stations for use in entry screening. LRT-1 resumed its operations last 1 June 2020 after receiving the green light from the government under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) guidelines.

The forward-looking infrared (FLIR) set-up consists of a thermal camera attached to a tripod and connected to a monitor. The camera detects the infrared energy invisible to the human eye that people and objects emit. An automatic alarm is triggered with red color notification if temperature is higher than the settings. The FLIR thermal scanning system is currently used in hospitals, establishments, and schools in Taiwan –one of the countries recognized for their most effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also the same system deployed at Taipei Metro.

The thermal screening system will be used at six (6) LRT-1 stations: Monumento (Northbound), Roosevelt, Doroteo Jose, Gil Puyat (Southbound), Edsa (Southbound), and Baclaran. The ones for Baclaran and EDSA have already been deployed, while the rest will be installed in the succeeding week. Other LRT-1 stations will continue to use non-contact thermometers for the temperature screening. Based on LRMC’s previously released guidelines, passengers with temperature greater than 37.6˚ C will not be allowed to enter the station.

“With the acquisition of the new FLIR scanning system and other safety measures, we’re honoring our commitment to invest in technology and continue to set the bar high when it comes to giving our LRT-1 passengers the safety and protection they deserve. We’re also asking those who are not feeling well and have flu-like symptoms to stay at home and postpone their outside travel.” said Andrea Madrid, LRMC Head of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality (HSEQ) Department.

Heightened disinfection measures

In addition to the new thermal scanners, LRMC has upgraded its disinfection measures using Ultraviolet C (UVC) technology, in a technical partnership with UP National Engineering Center (UPNEC). LRMC currently uses prototype handheld and 360-degree UVC lamps from UPNEC, as well as the 180-degree UVC lamps procured from Taiwan to complement chemical disinfection of trains and other facilities.

LRMC has already instituted other measures such as disinfecting mats, hygiene supply provisions, and daily health checks for all visitors and staff at LRT-1 stations, facilities, and the depot. LRMC also ensures that it is up-to-date with the passenger, sanitation, and safety promotion guidelines required for operation by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

Preventive and maintenance work for the line have also been undertaken during the downtime, all of which were done in accordance with the IATF’s work safety guidelines to ensure improved service.

For more updates and info on the LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at facebook.com/officialLRT1, on Twitter at @officialLRT1, or via ikotMNL mobile app available on Google Play and App Store.

Thermal imaging scanner at LRT-1 Baclaran Station
LRT-1 Security watches entering passengers on a thermographic monitor

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LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), Sumitomo Corporation, and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Investments Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.

LRMC intensifies LRT-1 disinfection with UV technology, partners with UP National Engineering Center

27 May 2020 Manila, Philippines – In keeping with its company mission of ensuring the safety and health of LRT-1 passengers, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has established a technical partnership with the University of the Philippines Diliman’s National Engineering Center (UPNEC) to upgrade its disinfection measures using Ultraviolet C (UVC) technology as part of its anti-COVID19 initiatives.

LRMC ramps up safety measures for operations restart

08 May 2020 Manila, Philippines – Preparations are in full swing as the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) anticipates the resumption of the LRT-1 operations. This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) released new safety guidelines for mass public transportation once the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) enforced in Metro Manila is lifted.

To ensure the welfare and protection of both passengers and employees, LRT-1 private operator LRMC will implement the following health and safety measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 once it re-opens its trains to the public.

Passenger guidelines

  • No mask no entry.
  • Thermal screening done upon entry of LRT-1 station. Those with temperature greater than 37.6˚ C will not be allowed to enter the station.
  • Physical distancing will be strictly enforced at the stations and trains, with floor markings as guidance.
  • Passengers are encouraged to use Stored Value Cards for contactless payment.
  • Placement of foot bath or disinfecting mats in all LRT-1 station entrances.
  • Passengers will still be requested to open their bags for verification, but LRT-1 security will be using a hand-held metal detector, and no frisking will be conducted.

Increased sanitation and safety promotion

  • Alcohol sanitizer dispensers will be available at all ticket booths, while liquid soap dispensers will be available in restrooms.
  • Trains are to be disinfected upon reaching the ends of the line at Roosevelt and Baclaran stations, and deep-cleaned at the end of each day. The driver’s cab is to be cleaned before each handover.
  • Commonly touched areas such as ticket booths, ticket vending machines, handrails, elevators, escalators, platform benches, and comfort rooms will be cleaned every 30 minutes.
  • Safety video reminders from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization will be played on the LCD screens, while posters and signage will be displayed prominently at each station and in each train. Staff and train drivers shall remind passengers to follow physical distancing at all times.

As the company leverages on the use of technology, passengers are encouraged to go digital and use the ikotMNL mobile app to easily get updates and announcements, plan their trips, check the LRT-1’s schedule and crowd status at the stations ahead of time. They can also relay their COVID-19 related concerns or inquiries through this mobile app. LRMC uses an automated system in the deployment of its trains, which provides better flexibility to match passenger volume for the day and avoid crowd build-up.

LRMC is working with partners to develop innovative sanitation technologies and methods to be more efficient and effective in keeping the railway safe for passengers. In addition, LRMC is looking out for its employees by providing them with face masks, hygiene supplies, regular health checks, and modified work arrangements.

“We look forward to serving once again our passengers who rely on the LRT-1 for their daily commute. We are committed to keeping you safe and giving you peace of mind as you ride our trains and return to your routine. Now more than ever, we appeal for your cooperation as we all face this new normal,” said Juan F. Alfonso, President and CEO of LRMC.

LRT-1 operations have been suspended since March 17 as a result of the government’s extension of the enhanced community quarantine. Preventive and maintenance work for the line have been undertaken during this period in accordance with the IATF’s work safety guidelines to ensure improved service.

For more updates and info on the LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at facebook.com/officialLRT1, or on Twitter at @officialLRT1.


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LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.

LRMC resumes limited works on LRT-1 Cavite Extension

05 May 2020 Manila, Philippines – LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has resumed works on the 11.7 kilometer Cavite Extension Project after receiving the green light from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) to carry on with select repair and infrastructure works while the Enhanced Community Quarantine is still in place.

The scheduled test pit works (bridge and pipe inspection) required for the construction along the CAVITEX – Paranaque bridge is set to begin on May 07, 2020 (7AM) until May 22, 2020 (11:59PM). As a result, there will be a temporary road closure of the innermost lane (northbound) along CAVITEX – Paranaque bridge to give way to the necessary activities in the area during the same period. This was previously announced and rescheduled due to the government’s implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine program last March 17.

Design works, assembly works and select tasks at the precast yard area are also ongoing for the Cavite Extension Project—which would see the LRT-1 line reach Bacoor, Cavite.

IATF-compliant operations

As part of the DOTr’s request to allow the resumption of maintenance and construction work on current rail projects, LRMC has complied with the IATF’s stated guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their workplace. LRMC has implemented the following measures in their workplace at all times:

  • Reducing operations to a skeletal workforce
  • Providing accommodations and point-to-point shuttle services for workers
  • Regular disinfection of all workplaces, shuttles, and accommodations
  • Regular monitoring of personnel health and COVID-19 symptoms
  • Imposition of physical distancing and proper hygiene

LRT-1 ready for better service

Preventive and corrective maintenance works, including the replacement of air-conditioning compressor units, are now in progress to ensure the public of better service when LRMC resumes operations of LRT-1. Public transport operations have been suspended since March 17 in line with the government’s enhanced community quarantine enforced in Luzon.

“Rest assured that we are taking every opportunity during this time to come back better for Filipino commuters. We are taking great efforts to make sure our workers remain safe and healthy by following the proper guidelines and precautions set by the government,” said LRMC Chief Operating Officer Enrico Benipayo.

For more updates and info on the LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at facebook.com/officialLRT1, Twitter at @officialLRT1, or download the ikotMNL mobile app for free on Google Play and App Store.


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LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.

LRMC begins LRT-1 Cavite Extension works along CAVITEX

10 March 2020, Manila, PHILIPPINES – Construction progress of the LRT-1 Cavite Extension has reached 36.8% completion to date since the start of its civil works last September 2019. The pre-cast yard and staging area have been completed, with pillars already built along the stretch of Dr. Santos Station until MIA Station.

The 11.7-kilometer project of the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), private operator of LRT-1, is expected to service and benefit 800,000 passengers daily by cutting down travel time between Baclaran and Bacoor from 1 hour and 10 minutes to just about 25 minutes.

With the construction works in full swing, a temporary road closure of the inner most lane (northbound) along CAVITEX – Paranaque bridge is set for implementation from March 17 – 31, 2020. This is to give way to the scheduled test pit works (bridge and pipe inspection) required for the construction in the area relative to the LRT-1 Cavite Extension project.

LRMC works closely with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) for the Cavite Extension project under President Rodrigo Duterte’s Build Build Build program.

“We would like to request for the understanding and cooperation of all motorists using the CAVITEX. The temporary road closure of one lane is necessary to prepare the foundations needed to construct the LRT-1 Cavite Extension in the area and complete it as scheduled. We are working closely with various government offices such as the DOTR, LRTA, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine Reclamation Authority, Toll Regulatory Board, Metro Manila Development Authority, Maynilad, CAVITEX Infrastructure Corporation, and the local government units for the construction works and traffic management. We thank the public for their patience, and we would like to reassure them that this temporary inconvenience will bring long-term benefits,“ LRMC Cavite Extension Management Team (CEMT) Project Execution Manager Reynaldo Pangilinan said.

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LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.

LRMC unveils art display for International Women’s Month

09 March 2020 Manila, Philippines – Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) unveiled today an art display at LRT-1 Baclaran Station featuring a painting titled “Women and Time,” in celebration of International Women’s Month this March.

The 8’ by 12’ acrylic on wood painting illustrates how the role of women has metamorphosed through the course of time – from breaking barriers between the male and female persona in the workforce while continuing to reshape the society. It features women excelling in different fields such as weightlifting, medicine, crime-fighting, among others. Transcending gender boundaries is also currently the theme behind 2020 International Women’s Month message, “An equal world is an enabled world.”

The painting was originally commissioned by the Family Council of Assumption College San Lorenzo for the school’s Family Day activity last 22 February 2020. Gerilya, an artist collective, completed the live production of this mural together with parents and students of Assumption College from pre-kinder to Grade 12. From sketching to final signature, the painting was completed in 7 hours. Sculptors Wed and Rosa Lodriga also co-produced the installation. The painting was turned over to LRMC who also provided the sponsorship support.

This initiative is the first in the El Arte campaign series of LRMC to make LRT-1 train stations as platforms for celebrating and appreciating public art.

LRMC Head of Communications & Customer Relations Jacqueline Gorospe shared “We normally think of trains as a way to get from point A to point B. But understanding that train stations are also shared spaces for both train and human activity, we want to show through our El Arte campaign series that art is accessible even outside art’s usual spaces such as museums or galleries.”

“Basically our idea is: if you can’t go to art shows, the art goes to you!” We hope that through our special initiatives such as this, LRMC can boost the commute experience of LRT-1 passengers while at the same time providing support in promoting arts and culture,” Communications Head Jacqueline Gorospe added.

“Women and Time” display will run for the whole month of March 2020.

Get your selfies ready for more fresh and artistic developments at the LRT-1 stations!

In photo: Women and Time (acrylic paint on wood painting) at LRT-1 Baclaran Station


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LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.

LRMC celebrates Valentine’s month with LRT-1 Love Train

Experience the different stages of love unfold inside LRT-1’s Love Train

In celebration of the season of love this February, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) continues its Valentine’s Day tradition with the launch of its annual LRT-1 Love Train, which is now on its 4th year.

The theme for this year’s edition is Love is in the Train, with the three coaches made up to display the different stages of love.

The first train car has a sweet first date theme, coated in pastel colors displaying images of ice cream and donut desserts that budding couples often share together. The second car is themed sweet shabby chic, with floral designs—as well as the three magic words: “She said yes!”—that come with a successful marriage proposal installed in the train’s articulation area. The third car has a rustic wedding theme, which represents the intimate magic of the most important day of a couple’s life through wood, brick, and floral designs. Passengers will find some love quotes that they can relate to, printed on the windows of the train. The Love Train also showcases interactive wall activities to encourage passengers to take photos and share them online for surprise giveaways.

LRT-1 passengers joining the Love Train launch event on 12 February will enjoy some sweet treats and will be serenaded by the LRMC choir and train operators with fun, heartwarming songs.

“We hope that through this special Valentine’s month display, LRMC can make our passengers’ days extra brighter and happier this season,” LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso said.

Look out for the LRT-1 Love Train along the line starting this week!

In photos: Love Train with different designs per coach
In photos: Interactive wall activities, love quotes, and photo-worthy spots inside the Love Train
In photo: LRMC President and CEO Juan Alfonso trying out the Valentine’s themed “Tic-tac-toe”
In photo: Love Train launch guests were serenaded by LRMC’s very own train operators

LRT-1 Pillars in Manila Go Green with a Vertical Garden

10 February 2020, Manila, PHILIPPINES — Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the private operator of LRT-1, has transformed two (2) LRT-1 concrete pillars located between Central Station and Manila City Hall along Natividad-Lopez St. into green vertical gardens.

This vertical garden initiative, a first for the City of Manila, is in support of Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso’s planned 1,600 hectares of green space to make Manila’s environment healthy and livable again.

In a formal partnership signing held at the Manila City Hall today, LRMC President and CEO Juan Alfonso said, “As twelve out of the twenty stations of the LRT-1 pass through the City of Manila, LRMC is happy to work closely with the local government of Manila in implementing projects that push for sustainability and integrated mobility. We share the vision of Mayor Isko of a more vibrant, green, and improved City of Manila.”

LRMC, with the support of First Balfour–MRail, developed a metal frame around the LRT-1 pillars on which the vertical gardens have come up. The vertical gardens are made of assorted bird’s nest fernmanaog ka irog, and philodendron heartleaf. The plants are seen to help fight air pollution, as well as improve the aesthetic appeal of the concrete pillars. LRMC and the City of Manila through the Department of Tourism, Cultural, and Arts, will both share the responsibility of maintaining the plants in the vertical gardens.

According to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, “I’m after clean air and lowering the carbon footprint. Air is difficult to keep clean, water –you can cure it, but the only way to clean our air is through nature.”

LRMC and the City of Manila are inviting other interested parties or sponsor companies to take the green initiative and join by funding the construction of more vertical gardens along the City of Manila using the first two LRT-1 posts as prototype.

In photo: Manila City Mayor Hon. Francisco “Isko” Domagoso Moreno with LRMC President and CEO Juan Alfonso
(L-R) LRMC General Counsel Atty. Jhimmy Santiago, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, LRMC President and CEO Juan Alfonso, LRMC Corporate Communications & Customer Relations Head Jacqueline Gorospe, and Manila City’s Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts Chief Charlie Dungo during the formal MOA signing of the partnership at the Manila City Hall
In photo: LRT-1 vertical garden pillar made of assorted bird’s nest fern, manaog ka irog,
and assorted philodendron heartleaf. The pillars are located near the rainbow pedestrian lane.

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LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA).