MRT-3 ramps up health and safety protocols vs. COVID-19

MRT-3 management has ramped up the enforcement of health and safety protocols to protect its personnel and commuters from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to the guidance of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), all MRT3 personnel, including the staff of its maintenance service provider and other subcontractors, are now undergoing RT-PCR testing.

MRT-3 personnel who have contracted the coronavirus were admitted to government quarantine facilities in the World Trade Center, Philippine Arena, and PhilSports Arena.

Also, MRT-3 personnel who have undergone RT-PCR testing, have been placed under quarantine, pending the test results. Aside from RT-PCR testing, the MRT-3 management also conducts contact tracing within one to three days of the RT-PCR test’s release.

The identified primary contacts for those who tested positive for COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine and given priority in RT-PCR testing.

Meanwhile, as part of efforts to intensify the protection to MRT-3 commuters, all MRT-3 personnel at the line’s depot, as well as those assigned at the stations and trains, are now required to wear full personal protective equipment (PPEs), which includes face masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves.

MRT-3 has also heightened its monitoring and screening of the health conditions of its personnel.

In addition to regular temperature checks, the staff is required to submit health declaration forms twice a day, the MRT-3 management said.

Disinfection activities at the MRT-3 depot and at all MRT-3 stations were heightened.

Disinfection is done twice a day by a certified professional provider and the continuing regular disinfection by MRT-3 sanitation personnel. MRT-3 trains are subjected to a “5-minute disinfection hustle” every half loop (at the end stations at the North Ave. Station and Taft Station).

For the convenience of train commuters and personnel, disinfection stations are placed in MRT-3 Depot and MRT-3 stations.

Meanwhile, to further contain the spread of COVID-19 at the line’s depot and stations, the movement and interaction of personnel were restricted under the following measures:

The movement of maintenance personnel was limited to their respective areas of responsibilities.

Interaction between maintenance personnel and office personnel were restricted.

Non-essential office personnel is under a work-from-home scheme.

At the MRT-3 stations and inside MRT-3 trains, markers have also been put in place to identify where passengers can line-up, stand, or sit and follow physical distancing rules.

Transport marshals were deployed in all MRT-3 stations, and inside MRT-3 trains to enforce physical distancing, by ensuring that passengers remain inside the markings.

At the MRT-3 Depot, roving safety officers were dispatched to ensure strict observance by depot personnel of all health and safety measures.

Nurses are also available at the depot and the MRT-3 stations, the line’s management has assured.