50 LRT train operators leave PHL for Singapore
from August 22, 2014 04:00 pm to August 22, 2014 04:00 pm
August 21, 2014 10:01pm
Some train operators of the Metro Rail Transit and Light Rail Transit have chosen to work abroad, a report on "24 Oras" said on Thursday.
Filipino train operators are in demand in other countries.
For LRT-1 alone, more than 50 train operators have already secured jobs in Singapore. Aside from their job experience, LRT operators in the Philippines are in demand because they can operate first, second, and third generation trains.
In the Philippines, MRT and LRT train operators are contractual employees. But their contract is regularly renewed. They get paid around P20,000 plus a few benefits.
The pay in other countries could be three times higher.
However, the MRT and LRT managements said that there were enough train operators in the country. They also continue to hire and train.
MRT operators to undergo retraining after derailment
After the MRT's recent derailment at the Taft Station in Pasay City, the train operators of the MRT will undergo retraining next week.
Moreover, the MRT currently runs at a slower speed from 50 kph to 40 kph, as part of its safety precautions after the incident. —Trisha Macas/NB, GMA News
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