Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 3 (MRT-3) is now conducting free antigen tests in select stations to prevent the further spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
The free and random antigen testing is in compliance with an order issued by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade for rail systems, mandating strict health measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 after Metro Manila was placed under Alert Level 3 due to the recent surge.
Personnel of MRT-3 are now administering antigen tests to commuters starting today, January 11 until 14 and on 17 to 21, 24 to 28, and January 31. The testing sites are located at North Avenue, Cubao, Shaw Boulevard, and Taft Avenue stations. A minimum of 24 passengers in each station can be tested for COVID-19 during peak hours, according to the management.
Commuters who want to volunteer will only have to sign consent and contact tracing forms. The best part of this is getting a free ride when the result is negative.
However, those who will test positive will not be allowed to board the train and will have to coordinate with their local government units for isolation and confirmatory RT-PCR test, according to the management as well.
Meanwhile, MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati has assured the public that their services will continue at 70% capacity despite the situation.