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Castelo criticizes Poe’s business class MRT proposal: It’s ‘counterproductive’

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Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo on Friday criticized the proposal of Sen. Grace Poe to create a business class coach for MRT-3, saying the suggestion “would be counter productive for the moment.”

“Putting up business class coaches at this time will only divert the focus of the Transport department from addressing the pressing and important need to help commuters reach their destination,” she said.

Castelo, vice chair of the House committee on Metro Manila development, said all logistics and resources should concentrate on how to keep the train moving.

“That should be the focus because as of now MRT coaches are erratic, insufficient, and totally unreliable causing inconvenience and suffering to consumers,” she said.

Earlier, Poe raised the idea of having a business class in MRT-3 where passengers can be charged P200 to P300 per ride.

The senator asked the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to consider her proposal during a recent Senate hearing on the agency’s budget for 2020 .

In response, DOTr chief Arthur Tugade said they will look into Poe’s proposal which is similar to the design of trains to be set up in Clark, Bicol and Mindanao.

But Castelo said considering the urgent need for the government to improve the plight of commuters, the DOTr should be reminded of its priority.

“Ayusin muna natin ang mga tren bago ang luho,” Castelo said. “The priority now is to have the trains moving free from any defect that would have it bogged down like we are experiencing now.”

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