On January 15 and 17, LRT-1 operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) will provide free random COVID-19 antigen swab tests to passengers who will give their consent or volunteer for testing.
Testing sites will be located at strategic LRT-1 stations with a high volume of passengers that include EDSA, Baclaran, Monumento, and Carriedo.
LRMC is targeting to have at least a total of 40 passengers to be tested from 7 am to 5 pm. The turnaround time for the whole procedure is approximately 15 to 20 minutes per passenger. The antigen swab test will be administered by medical professionals from State Lab Clinics and Diagnostic Center. Passengers who will send themselves for testing will be given consent forms prior to the procedure partnered with mandatory contact tracing requirements.
Those passengers who will test positive will not be allowed to ride the train, and will be assisted in coordinating with their respective local government units. LRMC will be giving incentives to those passengers who will test negative with a free beep card with minimum load, in line with the company’s push for contactless payments as a safer way to travel.
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Aside from passengers, there will also be antigen swab testing among LRMC station employees, and they will undergo a confirmatory RT-PCR test once tested positive for COVID-19 virus. All LRMC employees are required to undergo daily monitoring of health conditions, which has been effective for the company in preventing workplace transmission.
To date, LRMC has achieved 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.
LRT-1 operates daily following this train service schedule: Northbound train (4:30AM to 9:15PM), Southbound train (4:30AM to 9:30PM).