- The DOTr confirmed that MRT3 has a total of 186 personnel who tested positive for COVID-19
- Out of the 186, 169 are personnel working at the MRT Depot while 17 are station employees
- Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddess Libiran said those who tested positive have been admitted in government quarantine facilities
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) confirmed that they now have a total tally of 186 COVID-19 positive personnel working under the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3).
Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddess Libiran confirmed that out of the 186 confirmed cases, 169 are personnel working at the MRT Depot while 17 are station employees.
Out of the 17 station employees who tested positive, 11 are ticket sellers from North Avenue, Cubao, Kamuning, 1 nurse from Taft Station, 3 train drivers, and 2 control center personnel.
The mass testing of MRT personnel was in pursuant to the guidelines set in the IATF- EID guidelines that required all of its depot and mainline personnel, including the personnel of its maintenance service provider and other subcontractors, to undergo RT-PCR testing.
As of Monday, a total of 1,507 personnel are already done with the COVID-19 testing while 1,792 personnel have yet to be tested.
Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been admitted in government quarantine facilities in the World Trade Center, Philippine Arena, and PhilSports Arena.
Libiran assured the public that the MRT3 management will strictly require all station personnel to wear protective gear to help curb the spread of the COVID-19. They are also carrying out frequent disinfection at MRT3 stations.
Despite the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases, Malacañang said they are not inclined to shut down the operations of MRT3. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Metro Manila can’t afford to close MRT3 due to lack of public transportation.
“Naintindihan ko na ‘yung mga nagkasakit sa depot, nasa depot naman po sila, hindi sila nakikihalubilo sa mga pasahero,” Roque said in a press briefing.