MANILA, Philippines – In celebration of its third anniversary as LRT-1 operator, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) today mobilized hundreds of volunteers to give back to Manileños by leading a cleanup and landscaping project at the historical landmark, Liwasang Bonifacio.
This cleanup initiative is in line with LRMC’s ikotMNL Project, which promotes and connects tourist destinations near the LRT-1 stations. Through LRT-1’s ikotMNL, local and foreign tourists can rediscover more of Intramuros, Binondo, or Quiapo, since they can take the train and have more time to explore Manila for food, shopping, museums and parks.
LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL).
Liwasang Bonifacio is a 700 square-meter park in the heart of Manila. It is adjacent to the historical Philippine Post Office, 300 meters from LRT-1’s Central Station.
“LRT-1 has become indispensable to the everyday commute across Metro Manila; in giving thanks, we want to give back,” LRMC President and CEO Juan Alfonso said. “We want our anniversary to mean something to us as LRMC and also to cities and communities where we operate.”
Volunteers are comprised of representatives from LRMC, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Health (DOH), and the local government units of Manila, Pasay, and Parañaque.
LRMC has achieved ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system. For the past years, LRMC has embarked on various environmental initiatives including its cleanup project for Estero de Tripa de Gallina and the coastal areas in Lobo, Batangas called Live for the Rivers Movement Coalition.