MRT-3 maintenance provider relieves personnel involved in viral video

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) — Sumitomo-MHI-TESP, the maintenance provider of MRT-3, said the personnel who were filmed hastily cleaning trains have been relieved.

In a statement on Monday, the company apologized and said an administrative case would also be filed against the erring staff.

"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. Meanwhile, we have notified all team members to always observe proper disinfection as they were trained to do. We are also deploying two additional staff to ensure that they are properly supervised," TESP Administration Manager Toto Domingo said Monday.

A video uploaded on Facebook on March 13 showed workers hurriedly cleaning grab handles in train coaches. The footage went viral, coming at a time when public health is very much threatened by the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati, meanwhile, lauded the response and said additional CCTVs are being installed and other units are being realigned to make sure such an incident does not happen again.

Additional station personnel will also be deployed to ensure proper sanitation and disinfection protocols are followed.