“This is not a popular decision insofar as the MRT-riding passengers are concerned, but we are doing this because this is the right thing to do,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.
It is the position of the Office of the President that subsidy for MRT and LRT fares needs to be reduced so that the government could allocate its resources to regions that do not benefit from the MRT and LRT service.
“Of the PhP2 billion that we can save, we are going to allocate the resources to other areas like Visayas and Mindanao,” Lacierda said.
He noted that subsidy was not removed. “The subsidy is still there.”
“We can assure the MRT-riding passengers that rehabilitation is forthcoming. Rehabilitation has been planned this year. We are going to improve the services of the MRT,” he added.