Palace urges MRT-3 passengers to quarantine, get tested


MANILA, Philippines – Malacanang advised that MRT-3 passengers undergo quarantine and testing, Tuesday. This advisory came in after the government’s COVID-19 task force approved the suspension of train services.

The task force mandated the ceasing of train operations after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stated that the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will shoulder the cost of the COVID-19 test.

“If you have physical contact with ticket sellers…you have to go on quarantine because we don’t know who you are,” Roque said.

He noted that even with the cashless transaction, people with any contact with employees should undergo the PCR test.

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“If you have symptoms, you can undergo PCR test because that’s part of the guidelines of DOH (Department of Health), which covers those with symptoms and those who had exposure,” Roqued added.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emergin and Infectious Diseases enacted the temporary suspension through Resolution No. 52.

New rides for MRT-3 passengers

Under the resolution, the train system will suspend its operations for five days. The suspension started last July 7. The task force will lift the suspension after enough employees have tested negative for the virus.

The agency also instructed MRT to disinfect all its facilities.

IATF also called on the Philippine Coast Guard to conduct testing among MRT employees.

To augment transportation deficit, the agency added 90 more buses to return to service. These buses will have three-minute regular dispatch systems.

A sum of 190 buses sare also expected to travel along the stretch of EDSA.

The said vehicles will travel along Quezon Avenue to Monumento, and from Estrella to the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange.