LIGHT RAIL Manila Corp. (LRMC), the private operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), announced on Monday that it opened another vaccination site, as part of its efforts to protect more passengers from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

LRMC said in a statement that it recently partnered with the Pasay City Health Office for a jab site at the LRT-1 Baclaran Station where “almost 400 individuals” have been inoculated, while another was opened at the Central Station on Monday.

The Central Station vaccination site is open from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Baclaran vaccination site will reopen on Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The company said it is hoping to partner with other local government units for setting up additional LRT-1 vaccination sites.

“We share the same goal of protecting our people better and making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible, so we can finally put an end to this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Louernie F. De Sales, LRMC head of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality Department.

LRMC recently reported a 20% year-on-year decline in January-to-September revenue last year to P799 million due to capacity reductions and lower demand. LRT-1’s average daily ridership decreased 48% year on year to 116,021 due to the capacity limit. 

LRMC is the consortium composed of Ayala Corp.; Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp., a unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC); and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd. 

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