HK offers to share MTR “best practices” with PH

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Philippine Consul General to Hong Kong Antonio Morales

HONG KONG Chief Executive Carrie Lam has offered to share with the Philippines the “best practices” of the city’s much-acclaimed MTR (Mass Transit Railway) network, which is considered as one of the best public transport systems in the world.

Consul General Antonio Morales said he recently met with Lam and she offered to share with Manila Hong Kong’s “best practices” about the MTR, preventing soil erosion, firefighting, and flood control.

“In my meeting, the Chief Executive offered to share best practices for us to benefit from their academies, including the MTR academy. They have one on trains,” Morales said in an interview.

“Also, on soil erosion. They said they have excellent technology on controlling landslides. They also offered technology on firefighting, especially when it involves skyscrapers,” he added.

The Metro Manila Rail Transit System had been criticized for the breakdowns of its trains while the Philippines is also visited by several typhoons annually, causing floods and landslides.

“They’re willing to share their best practices. We will have to inform our (train authorities) because we may have a different system,” Morales said.

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