MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has called on the public to immediately report any stone-throwing incident targeting train units of the Philippine National Railway (PNR).
The DOTr made the appeal after another PNR train unit was damaged at Caloocan City on Wednesday, January 1.
According to details and photos released by the DOTr on Thursday, the refurbished Rotem unit from Korea sustained damage on its front windshield after it was hit by a stone.
LOOK: Another stone-throwing incident which damaged the front glass windshield of the refurbished Rotem train unit of…Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Thursday, 2 January 2020
The department said the damaged windshield underwent replacement a day after incident to avoid any disruption in service.
The incident is the 15th stone-throwing incident targeting PNR trains reported since December 2019.
“We again call for heightened vigilance from the public, particularly our train-riding commuter, to help us in pinpointing the areas where these misdeeds happen, and to immediately report them,” the DOTr said in a statement.
The agency, together with the PNR management, added it is “seriously monitoring” the incidents, and have closely coordinated with law enforcement authorities and local government units to apprehend those who will be caught in the act.
It also assured it has undertaken necessary measures to put a complete stop to “these destructive and dangerous activities.”
“With the help and assistance from the general public, rest assured that the DOTr and PNR will exhaust all means necessary to protect our valuable equipment, and ensure the safety of our commuter,” the DOTr added. – RRD
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