The Department of Transportation maintained that mandatory wearing of facemasks inside the trains of the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Metro Rail Transit (MRT), and Philippine National Railways (PNR) remains in effect as the COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Railways Jorjette Aquino said that wearing face-masks inside the trains is still mandatory
Aquino also said that face-mask wearing should be worn inside LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 stations.
But for PNR, it becomes optional since the stations were open-air spaces.
“Our medical professionals in the railways sector stressed that the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains present in our trains as they are enclosed spaces,” Aquino said.
“Security personnel deployed in all of our stations and trains will help ensure that the policy is strictly enforced,” she added,
Millions of Filipinos had already received their respective COVID-19 vaccines, but Aquino tasked the riding public to be vigilant and help in protecting their fellow commuters by wearing masks.
“Even if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can still become infected and potentially spread the virus to others,” she said.
Catherine R. Cueto