MRT’s new contact tracing app is not really an app, but here’s how it works anyway

  • MRT-3 Trace is a web form at best that passengers need to fill out to get a verification message, which they will then present at the station before entering

Yes, the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 is up and working ICYMI and the lines are back as well. (One of) the reasons? The tedious manual contact tracing forms that passengers have to accomplish before entering. To remedy that, MRT-3 will be launching a contact tracing app starting next week, Jan. 18, with pending full rollout and implementation in February. Although it is hardly a mobile app—more of a web form not unlike a Google Form—the train administrator says it’s one of MRT’s efforts to digitize its transactions.

“MRT-3 Trace is a web application that will help us and the passengers avoid further transmission of the virus through direct contact between commuters and personnel. It will ease the process of contact tracing and thus, prevent long queues in stations,” MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati said.

How it works

Step 1. Register by logging in at and provide all pertinent information* required like full name, birth date, address and contact number. 

Step 2. Activate your smartphone location services.* Upon arriving at an MRT-3 station, scan the unique quick response (QR) code located at designated areas.

Step 3. Wait for a verification message that you will need to present to the security personnel before entering the station.

*MRT-3 swears its data collection process is compliant with Republic Act 1017 or the Data Privacy Act.

What if you do not have a smartphone?

For passengers who do not have smartphones, the same manual paper form still exists. Just manually fill out the health declaration forms provided by the security personnel upon entering the station.

Very convenient—for people with smartphones and internet access. © 2020. Hinge Inquirer Publications, Inc.