1 injured, 1 nabbed in MRT-3 stone-throwing incident

UNTV News   •   November 21, 2021   •   339

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities apprehended an individual over a stone-throwing incident on Sunday morning at the MRT-3 Taft Avenue Station “which caused severe damage to a train window, and injured a male passenger.”

In a statement, the Department of Transportation said that a scavenger reportedly threw the stone which struck a window of the third car of the train, causing it to be damaged.

The incident also left a 51-year old male passenger injured. The passenger was immediately attended to and was given first aid at the Magallanes Station. He was later brought to the San Juan De Dios Hospital at Pasay for further medical attention.

Meanwhile, the suspect was tracked down at a construction site near a hotel along Taft Avenue, Manila.

The MRT-3 management condemned the incident and assured the public that appropriate legal charges will be filed against those involved in the incident.

“Necessary steps will also be taken to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future,” it said.

Further investigation of the incident is ongoing.


2 MRT passengers face charges for going down train tracks to take a selfie

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Two passengers of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) are facing charges for going down the train rails to take a selfie.

In a statement, the MRT-3 management said the two passengers were caught in a CCTV footage on May 9.  Jerald Oliva, 22, went down the train rails while Rey Llasos, 28, took a selfie.

MRT-3 guards immediately responded. The two individuals are facing charges for violating Revised Penal Code of the Philippines Article 155 or Alarms and Scandals. They were taken to the Quezon City Police District –Kamuning Police Station (PS-10) for inquest procedure.

MRT-3 OIC-General Manager ASec. Eymard Eje said it is dangerous for passengers especially if there is a train about to arrive.

“Tumtakbo ang tren natin ngayon ng 60 kilometers per hour, tapos biglang mayroong tao doon sa riles, hindi ba biglang mag-e-emergency break ang ating mga tren. Siguradong may masasaktan doon sa tatlong daang mahigit na pasahero kapag biglang nag-preno,” he said.

(If the train runs at 60 kilometers per hour and there was an individual on the tracks, it would immediately pull the emergency break. Of course, passengers inside the train will be injured.)

The MRT-3 management reminded the public that only authorized individuals are allowed to go down the train tracks. It also urged patrons to immediately report to authorities fellow passengers who are violating MRT-3 rules. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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MRT-3 maintenance provider relieves two personnel in viral video

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Two MRT-3 employees caught hastily cleaning a train were relieved by maintenance provider, Sumitomo-MHI-TESP.

In a message sent to MRT-3, Sumitomo-MHI-TESP apologized for the incident and has assured proper actions will be taken. The maintenance provider will be filing an administrative case against the personnel.

“We apologize for the incident regarding members of the disinfection team not properly doing their job. We will relieve the staff involved within the day while we are proceeding with the admin case,” said TESP Administration Manager Toto Domingo in the message.

Domingo added they have directed all its team members to observe proper disinfection as they were trained to do. Additional staff will also be deployed to supervise the disinfection teams while re-training for their staff is also underway.

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MRT-3 maintenance provider relieves personnel involved in hasty cleaning of…

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Meanwhile, MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati reported that the MRT-3 is already installing additional CCTVs and realigning other units to ensure that cleaning areas are captured on footage by the management’s own security personnel.

“We assure our passengers that the MRT-3 takes the sanitation and disinfection of its trains seriously and that their health and safety are our top priorities. We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure this incident will never happen again,” he said. AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)

MRT-3 to operate at reduced capacity as COVID-19 cases in depot rise to 127

Maris Federez   •   July 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The MRT management will limit the number of trains in operation starting July 6.

This after a number of its personnel tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the total of positive cases to 127, a Department of Transportation (DOTr) advisory said.

Initial report said the 127 cases consist of 124 Sumitomo Depot personnel and 3 MRT-3 Depot personnel who will be placed under mandatory quarantine and medication.

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said that with the guidance of the IATF-EID and upon the advice of Sumitomo-MHI, MRT-3 will be able to continue operations, with the possibility of reducing capacity or with fewer trains.

“Sumitomo requested to discuss on a day-by-day basis the level of operations that they can sustain as results of the mass swab testing continue to be released. In the meantime, Sumitomo advised that they are able to continue with operations to service MRT-3’s tens of thousands of passengers, although at a reduced level,” said Usec Batan.

“While we try to do our best to keep the same maintenance performance through this week, we would like to discuss with DOTr MRT3 office day by day, how much maintenance level we would be able to keep, in view of the number of COVID-19 infected people,” said Masanori Honda of Sumitomo.

The advisory also said that “to augment MRT-3’s further reduced capacity due to the quarantine of some of its depot personnel, DOTr will be boosting its Bus Augmentation Program and EDSA Busway service, in coordination with the DOTr Road Sector, LTFRB, and MMDA.”

“Per guidance of the IATF-EID, additional measures and precautions will be taken during MRT-3’s reduced operations, including requiring full PPE for stations and depot personnel, limiting movement of depot personnel to their immediate areas of responsibility, increased disinfection activities, and heightened monitoring and screening of symptoms among all personnel,” the advisory further read.

Meanwhile, MRT reminds the public that it will suspend operation on July 4 and 5 to give way to their rail replacement activities. —(with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf


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