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‘Rehab of MRT-3, LRT assured under new tax reform law’

Rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) is assured under the new tax reform law, Sen. Sonny Angara yesterday said.

The chairman of the Senate ways and means committee said revenues that will be generated from the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (Train) will be allotted for the improvement of public transportation system.
“The Train law should fix our trains. Hindi na po makatarungan na libu-libong pasahero ang naaagrabyado dahil sa madalas na despalinghadong serbisyo ng ating MRT at LRT. Dapat ay siguruhin ng gobyerno na ang makokolektang buwis ay mapupunta sa mga programang mapakikinabangan ng bawat Pilipino,” Angara said.
Under Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law, 70 percent of the yearly incremental revenues generated will be allocated for the Build, Build, Build Program and other infrastructure programs that seek to address congestion through better mass transport and new road networks.
The Department of Transportation has cited the lack of available spare parts as one reason for the MRT’s frequent breakdowns.
MRT transports an average of 463,000 people daily.
“If we provide the public an efficient, dependable, safe and affordable public transport system, it would definitely encourage more Filipinos to take mass transit rather than use their own cars which would reduce traffic congestion in the country,” the senator said.
The MRT-3, based on reports, already broke down more than 500 times where thousands of passengers were forced to disembark due to disrupted operations.
Meanwhile, part of the 70 percent will also go to projects that seek to enhance military infrastructure, sports facilities in public schools, and potable drinking water supply in all public places.
The other 30 percent of generated revenues from TRAIN law will be allocated for social mitigating measures and investments in education, health, targeted nutrition, and anti-hunger programs, social protection, employment, and housing that prioritize and directly benefit both the poor and near-poor households.
“Bukod sa mas malaking take-home pay dahil sa mas mababang income tax simula ngayong taon, dapat ay maramdaman na rin ng ating mga kababayan ang mas pinabuting mga serbisyong pampubliko na siyang nilalayon ng batas na ito,” Angara said.

1 comment

  • told-you-so55

    That is so very dubious, the real issue is the national power grid is already critically short of electricity to run the touted additional trains efficiently so it would not matter if they were all brand new working units.

    Unless the Build x 3, includes resurrecting the BNPP or some equally practical power generating program, I am very skeptical of those electric train running when there is shortage of electricity.

    told-you-so55 Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:17 Comment Link

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