MRT personnel behind botched cleaning of train 'disciplined'

The management of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) was quick to discipline its personnel who were caught "hastily" disinfecting the interior of a train after all passengers had disembarked.

"Netizens have called our attention about a video uploaded yesterday, 13 March 2021, on Facebook showing MRT-3 cleaning staff members as they were hastily disinfecting one of our trains," a statement from the Department of Transportation (DOTr)-MRT-3 read Sunday, March 14.

"We are assuring the riding public that matters have been taken to prevent a repeat of that unfortunate incident and that the personnel involved are now facing disciplinary action," it stated.

In the rather embarrassing viral video of the incident, at least two personnel were seen nonchalantly wiping the handrails and handgrips inside the stationary train. The man in charge of the handgrips in particular looked like he was handing out "high fives" as opposed to cleaning.

The video has amassed over 13,000 reactions as of this posting.

"The MRT-3 management will not tolerate any breach of health protocols as we stem the spread of COVID-19 while serving the daily transportation needs of commuters," the statement read.

"We have sternly reminded members of our cleaning and disinfection staff that while there is a need to disinfect all train coaches at speed, the process of disinfection must be focused and done with care. The safety and health of MRT-3 passengers will always be our top concerns as we all adjust to meet the requirements of the new normal," it further stated.