The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that all depot personnel of the MRT-3 line will undergo rapid antibody testing today after 15 employees of its maintenance provider, Sumitomo-MHI-TESPI, tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The department said that those who will yield positive results in the rapid antibody testing will be required to undergo RT-PCR confirmatory testing and have to go on self-quarantine while waiting for the results of their confirmatory tests.
“The health and safety of our employees and passengers are primordial to us. All employees will be required to undergo testing. We have been conducting disinfection in the depot, at stations, and in trains. We will continue to implement these and other measures to contain the spread of the virus in our workplace, stations, and trains,” MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati said.
Meanwhile, the MRT-3 management will also implement additional health and safety protocols to further limit the interaction between depot and stations personnel.
“We have the best interest of our passengers and employees at heart. We want to immediately address the situation to prevent more people from contracting the disease,” Capati said.