MRT3 chief Rodolfo Garcia positive for COVID-19

Aika Rey
MRT3 chief Rodolfo Garcia positive for COVID-19

MRT3 CHIEF. Metro Rail Transit Line 3 General Manager Rodolfo Garcia tests positive for the coronavirus.

File photo from DOTr

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says MRT3 General Manager Rodolfo Garcia is in the intensive care unit

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday, January 28, said Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) General Manager Rodolfo Garcia tested positive for the coronavirus.

During a media interview with reporters, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said Garcia is currently in the intensive care unit of a hospital because of COVID-19.

In a separate interview, Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan also confirmed that MRT3 Director for Operations Michael Capati was among 36 personnel who became infected.

Batan declined to elaborate on the condition of Garcia and Capati.

“Secretary [Tugade] mentioned that during an interview earlier. That’s the only detail that we can disclose. We would like to withhold comment out of privacy and respect for the patients,” Batan said in a mix of English and Filipino.

He added that MRT3 operations will continue as station personnel were not infected, based on the mass testing conducted among employees.

The MRT3 was hit by another major coronavirus outbreak within its depot in Quezon City. A total of 42 personnel contracted the virus, including one employee who died earlier this week.

In July 2020, over 200 workers tested positive for COVID-19. –

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at