LIGHT Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), has partnered with the University of the Philippines-Diliman’s National Engineering Center for the use of an ultraviolet technology to disinfect its train sets.
With the partnership, the university and LRMC will develop “different disinfection equipment using UVC (ultraviolet-C) technology that would best serve the LRT-1 trains.” They will also accelerate the mass production of the technology to immediately serve the entire LRT-1 line.
“The UVC technology would be essential in making sure that the LRT-1 trains, facilities, and stations remain safe and virus-free when the line reopens after the lifting of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila,” LRMC said in a statement e-mailed to reporters on Wednesday.
LRMC said further that its partner was also tasked “to continue its research into the technology, as well as monitor and test its effectiveness once the LRT-1 resumes operations.”
LRMC Head of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality Andrea Mellind C. Madrid said: “We are constantly looking for ways to innovate and explore better alternatives to ensure that the LRT-1 is safe for our passengers and employees. With the use of proven technology, we are able to help them feel safer and more confident while riding LRT-1 by effectively reducing the risk of catching COVID-19.”
University of the Philippines President Danilo L. Concepcion said: “The use of UVC is an effective disinfection technology being implemented in hospitals, clinics, and even in other facilities abroad. We are incredibly proud of the UP National Engineering Center for their breakthrough, as we are glad to serve our country and our fellow Filipinos in fighting the threat of COVID-19.” — Arjay L. Balinbin