- Kathleen Dela Paz is the first female to pass all the necessary requirements that set off her course to drive for LRT-1
- She was among 30 train drivers, 105 station tellers, and 25 station supervisors who were recently hired under LRMC’s ‘Project Arangkada’
- The company increased their number of workers to produce more trips and teller booths in LRT-1
The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) was proud to introduce its first female driver for Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 on Tuesday, August 9.
26-year old Kathleen Dela Paz made a mark on history as she was the first ever woman who passed the requirements set by LRMC for aspiring drivers of the mode of transportation. After completing a 40-day training course, Dela Paz has already begun her duties in LRT-1.
The Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila was among the 30 train drivers that were recently hired by LRMC under their ‘Project Arangkada.’
Included in the project were 105 station tellers and 25 station supervisors. According to LRMC Operations Director Rodrigo Bulario, the sudden increase in employees was due to their efforts of implementing more trips and to open additional teller booths in LRT-1 stations.
When asked on what the newly-appointed driver has to say about people who were uncomfortable on having a lady to lead the train, Dela Paz assured everyone that she has successfully undergone and passed all the mandatory trainings and was fit for the job.
“It just makes me ecstatic knowing I can now drive LRT trains on my own,” Dela Paz confessed.
In a report made by Inquirer, LRMC Corporate Communications Head Rochelle Gamboa clarified that Dela Paz was not the first female to try out for the company, but other applicants failed to meet the necessities that entail the job which would ensure the safety of its thousands of passengers daily.
Bulario described that Dela Paz has ‘shown prowess, customer-orientation, and willingness to learn.’ He was also delighted that the young woman demonstrated how their company was not gender-specific, as it was mostly dominated by males.
The training program comprises of classes that covered competencies in communication, hauling procedures, fault reporting, incident and accident management, and basic train driving and intervention.
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Dela Paz has shown interest on the field since she was young. She admitted of having taken a liking to driving and automobiles which pushed her to apply for the job.