The MRT-3 train line now accepts animals traveling in pet carriers, it was announced today on the train administration’s official Facebook page.
Although the announcement was posted yesterday, 12 July, the new rule may have taken effect earlier, as the post was accompanied by a photo of a dog inside a backpack carrier, who apparently rode on the MRT-3 with his human on July 7.
“Magandang balita ito para sa mga pet lovers tulad ni DO N NA dahil pinapayagan ng pamunuan ng MRT-3 ang pagsakay ng mga alagang hayop sa loob ng tren alinsunod sa panuntunan ng rail line,” the announcement reads. (“This is good news to pet lovers like [Facebook user] DO N NA because the MRT-3 adminstration has now allowed pet animals on the train, pursuant to the rules of the rail line.”)
The post went on to clarify the requirements: “Kinakailangan na nakalagay ang mga alagang hayop sa pet carrier na may sukat na hindi lalagpas sa 2ft by 2ft na laki. Sa kabilang, pinapaalalahanan ng MRT-3 ang mga pasahero na panatilihing sundin ang “7 Commandments” kontra COVID-19, na batay sa rekomendasyon ng mga eksperto sa ukalusugan upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng sakit sa pampublikong transportasyon.” (“Pet animals must be inside pet carriers no larger than 2ft by 2ft. Commuters are also reminded to follow the ‘7 Commandments’ against Covid-19, following the recommendations of health experts, in order to avoid transmitting disease on public transportation.”)
In a following post, the MRT-3 account then reminded the public that persons under 17 years old and above 65 are still not allowed to ride trains, following IATF regulations.
This article, Pets in carriers are now welcome on the MRT-3 (children 17 years and below are still not), originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.