PNR to step up security efforts to protect trains, passengers

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are set to meet over the stone-throwing incidents that damage the PNR trains.

According to PNR General Manager Junn Magno, they will ask the assistance of the DOTr to secure the train lines for the protection of the coaches and the passengers as well.

The PNR is planning to recommend to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to include in the evaluation of barangay officials all efforts made to curb the stone-throwing and other damaging activities to the train line.

“Kulang po ang mga pulis sa Pilipinas para bantayan ang buong right of way ng Pilipinas, (The Philippines does not have enough police personnel to monitor all the rights of way in the country),” explained Magno.

“Kaya ang makakatulong lang po talaga sa amin diyan ay ang barangay at ang community, symbiotic relationship, (We have no one else to ask for assistance but the people from the barangays and the community – symbiotic relationship,)” he added.

The PNR is fixing the broken train windows and doors by replacing them with polycarbonate sheets that are more efficient than glass and has high impact resistance.

Meanwhile, the PNR is also removing the window grills in response to the directive of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.

So far, the PNR has recorded about two to three incidents of stone-throwing in a week .

The latest was on Thursday (January 2) along the rails in Caloocan City which left one of the train’s window broken.

The PNR investigated that the culprit was a minor, thus the PNR demanded the parents of the minor to pay not less than P8,000 in penalty.

“Ayon naman doon sa reglamento pwede naman siya gumawa ng promisory note. Pagbabayarin po natin siya kahit naawa kami sa sitwasyon niya, (According to the law, she can provide a promissory note. We have to enforce the penalty even if we feel sorry for the parents, given their situation),” Magno explained. “Hindi naman pwede na hindi namin i-e-enforce ang batas (We cannot just simply ignore the law),” he added. — MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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