To celebrate the 114th year of Philippine Independence on June 12, 2012 passengers of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) will be treated to free rides.
MANILA, Philippines—Lucky commuters will be able to take Metro Rail Transit (MRT) trains on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) for free on Friday as insurance company Pru Life UK celebrates its 15th anniversary by giving away tickets.
In a statement, Pru Life UK said it would put up booths at the MRT’s Taft, Ayala, Shaw, Cubao and North EDSA stations to distribute a total of 75,000 tickets to passengers. This makes up about 16 percent of the MRT line’s daily average ridership of 450,000 passengers.
“There will be allocations for both morning and afternoon commuters, and tickets will be given away until supplies last,” the company said.
“The motto of Pru Life UK is ‘Always listening, always understanding.’ What better way to show the Filipino people that Pru Life UK understands their needs than by celebrating our 15th year through an initiative that will connect with something they do everyday?” the company’s president Antonio de Rosas said.
“Public transportation, especially the MRT, holds a significant role in our urban lives. As we celebrate 15 years of service, we wanted to do something that would make us reach not just our policy holders but the public in general. This is Pru Life UK’s way of sharing its blessings,” he said.
On Thursday, government employees were likewise treated with free train tickets at the MRT and Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines 1 and 2, in celebration of the Civil Service Commission’s 111th anniversary this September.
About 1.25 million commuters take the LRT and MRT trains every day. The MRT line runs along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Metro Manila’s busiest thoroughfare, from Taft Avenue in Pasay to North Avenue in Quezon City.
The LRT line 1 runs along Taft Avenue from Baclaran, in Parañaque to Roosevelt in Quezon City, while line 2 runs along Aurora Boulevard from Recto, Manila to Santolan, Marikina.
Pru Life UK is an indirect subsidiary of Prudential Plc, a United Kingdom-registered company, through Prudential Corporation Asia.