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Inquirer Libre renews distribution contracts

/ 05:13 PM January 15, 2017
Contract with Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC)

From left: for LRMC Corporate Communications Head Rochelle Gamboa, President and CEO Rogelio L. Singson; for Inquirer President and CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, and Chief Operating Officer Rene Reinoso.

INQUIRER Libre, free newspaper of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, sealed two contracts recently which assured its position as the dominant news source of thousands of commuters of Metro Manila’s light rails.

Inquirer president and chief executive officer Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, and Inquirer chief operating officer Rene R. Reinoso signed a three-year deal with Department of Transportation (DOTr) secretary Arthur Tugade and  DOTr- Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) OIC General Manager Deo Leo Manalo. Some half a million Metro Manilans ride the MRT along Edsa on weekdays.

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Romualdez and Reinoso also signed a new contract with Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) president and CEO of LRMC Rogelio Singson. LRMC is the private company operating LRT Line 1 which connects Baclaran and Roosevelt, Quezon City via Taft Ave.

Last November,  Romualdez and Reinoso also renewed an agreement with the DOTr’s LRT Line 2 OIC General Manager Emerson L. Benitez. LRT Line 2 travels from Recto in Manila to Santolan, Pasig.

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With these agreements, Inquirer keeps it commitment to provide the Filipino people a free, relevant and up-to-date daily newspaper in key stations of all three light rail train systems across Metro Manila. Over a million commuters ride these trains every day.

Inquirer has been publishing and distributing Inquirer Libre for free since 2001.

“Free papers give those who cannot spare enough budget the opportunity to be informed and engaged through relevant news and events happening around us. Aligned with the Inquirer’s mission, Libre’ role is more of a public service initiative to the community, strengthening the reading habit across all sectors and empowering them to make wise and sound decisions,” said Reinoso.

For Romualdez, publishing a free newspaper complements with Inquirer’s thrust to be the most engaging news source in the country.

She also said that the renewal of the contracts to distribute Libre in the train stations proves DOTr and LRMC continue to be our committed partners in keeping the Filipino people informed through a free access to relevant news.

“We are very happy and proud that Libre has been able to service the commuters by providing them with key news and information as well as giving them delight through the years. We would like to sincerely thank DOTr Sec. Art Tugade , OIC GM Deo Manalo, LRMC President Rogelio Singson and their teams for giving us the opportunity to partner with them in continuing this service. The commuters can expect more from the most engaging Libre yet,” said Romualdez.

Aside from the free newspaper, readers can also access Libre on social media through facebook.com/Inquirerlibre, @inquirer_libre on twitter, inquirerlibre on instagram, and through chat on http://viber.com/libre.

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Libre’s digital edition can also be downloaded for free on pressreader http://inq.ph/inqplus. Also free is the Libre mobile app which can be downloaded on Playstore for androids and on Apple Store for IOS./rga

Contract with DOTr-MRT3

Seated from left Inquirer President and CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, MRT OIC General Manager Deo Leo Manalo and INQ Chief Operating Officer Rene Reinoso. Standing from left Libre Marketing Head Blair Marquez and Libre editor in chief Chito de la Vega. Also a signatory but not in the photo is DOTr sec. Arthur P. Tugade.

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