Starting January 17, LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) will enforce the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr’s) new Department Order on vaccination policy, requiring passengers to present vaccination cards when riding the train.
Unvaccinated individuals with medical conditions must present a duly signed certificate from their doctor. Those obtaining essential goods and services must present a duly issued barangay health pass or other proof to support such travel.
“At LRT-1, we don’t allow the virus for a free ride. We remain committed to keeping LRT-1 safe for our passengers and our employees. And so, we remain adaptive to the evolving situation, and continuously upgrade existing protocols. LRMC works hand-in-hand with the government in managing the impact of COVID-19, while making sure that essential services are supported,” Dr. Duday de Sales, LRMC Head of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality Department said.
LRMC has a 99.7% vaccination rate and 20% for booster shots among LRT-1 employees. The company has been awarded the Safety Seal by the Pasay City local government highlighting the company’s compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
Proper ventilation is assured as trains are equipped with hospital-grade HEPA filtration and UVC system installed in air-conditioning units to keep indoor air fresh and clean.
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Currently allowed to operate at 70% passenger capacity under Alert Level 3, LRMC continues to implement other health and safety protocols to strengthen public confidence in public transport such as diligent temperature checks before entering the station, “No face mask, no entry” policy, and regular disinfection.
They are also the first to implement the “no-talking and no answering phone calls” policy inside the trains. There are roving train marshals and security officers to strictly enforce protocols.
On January 15 and 17, LRMC will provide free random COVID-19 antigen swab tests to passengers who will give their consent or volunteer for testing.
LRT-1 operates daily following this train service schedule: Northbound train (4:30AM to 9:15PM), Southbound train (4:30AM to 9:30PM).