The Philippine government has very good news for frequent riders of the MRT, especially for those who are sick and tired of having to walk along the railways every time the MRT breaks down.
The Department of Railways (DOR) is finally installing walkalators along the train railways! This way, commuters can transport themselves quickly and safely to the next train station every time the MRT fails to do so for them. Who says the government isn’t addressing the issues of our reportedly substandard train system?
The installation of the walkalators is slated to start immediately, as soon as the DOR generates enough funding for the “MRT Walk, Walk, Walk Project.” Because let’s face it, walking is so much more healthier than taking the train all day!
As we all know, there is barely enough budget that goes into the maintenance and improvement of the trains, but a certain DOR representative reassures the public there is no need to worry about funding:
“We have set up a GoGetFunding account for the installation of the walkalators. Anyone can donate. As a matter of fact, we have asked our senators and congressmen to ringlead the crowdfunding, and a lot of them have already agreed to put in P150 each for the project’s initial funding. Pooled together, malaki na ‘yun, so yes, we’re optimistic na masisimulan agad ‘yung installation.”
However, the department’s mitigation strategy was already met with opposition both from militant groups and netizens. Some commenters were fairly positive about this move, some even thought of doing away with the MRT/LRT altogether!
In fact, a nationwide progressive group comprised of students and out-of-school youth is already up in arms to stop the installation of the walkalators.
The #OccupyWalkalator Movement is gaining traction for their plan of having a massive sit-out to prevent the installation and use of said walkalators.
“Since I’m no longer in school, I’m dedicating all my time to this sit-out to ensure that it will not be built. Even if they find a way to build the walkalators around the #OccupyWalkalator, we will sit on the walkalators day in and day out to ensure nobody gets to use them,” one representative said.
In response, the DOR representative argues that the government just wants the best for its people.
“I don’t see why anybody would be against the walkalator project. It is cheap as we will not be using electricity to make it run. Instead, we are utilizing our national animal — the carabao, to generate power for the walkalators. This means cheaper fare for commuters. As of now, the projected price to riding the walkalator from one station to another is just 8 pesos.”
If the “MRT Walk Walk Walk Project” ends in success, the government even plans to expand it and also install walkalators along Commonwealth and Cavite Expressway, to give commuters the choice to use walkalators when traffic becomes unbearable.
We know what you’re thinking: “how can the government suggest walkalators as a viable solution?” Well, your fellow netizens were quick to find out the truth behind this news. Here’s a hint – what do people usually celebrate on April 1st?
Happy Easter Sunday / April Fools Day everyone!
Did you honestly think the walkalators were going to be installed by the government? Share it with us in the comments section below!