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Senators appeal to DOTr to consider procurement of new coaches for MRT

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 has yet again experienced another breakdown at 10, Thursday morning.

According to MRT officials, the train encountered electrical failure which forced them to unload about 800 passengers at the northbound lane of Santolan-Annapolis station.

The defective train was immediately brought to the depot and the passengers loaded onto the next train.

As of 11 am, there were only seven trains in operation with 11 minutes arrival gap at each station.

Learning about the incident, some senators believe that with the continuous problems in the MRT operation, it is high time for the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to consider buying new coaches and return the 48 unused Dalian trains to China.

“So I think siguro umpisahan ni secretary. Desisyunan na lang niya kung anong gagawin sa Dalian na yan. Kung hindi na pwedeng gamitin, di mag-order na lang tayo ng train na bagay dun sa MRT,” said Senator Nancy Binay.

(So I think it should be initiated by the [Transportation] Secretary. He should just decide on what to do with those Dalian trains. If we cannot use those anymore, we should just order trains that are compatible with MRT.)

“Hindi talaga kasya, ‘wag nang pilitin. Mag-umpisa na tayong mag-order ng mga bago at isauli natin dahil nagawa iyan ng Singapore sa Dalian, sinauli sa kanila,” said Senator Grace Poe.

(It really doesn’t fit, don’t force it anymore. We should start ordering new ones and return the [Dalian trains] because it has been done by Singapore with Dalian, they returned it.)

Poe, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Services said that the DOTr should also decide now on the issue of MRT-maintenance provider.

“Tanungin na rin natin kung totoo bang merong interes ang Sumitomo o ang Japan na mag-takeover. Anong ginagawa nila, tuloy-tuloy na ba ang pag-uusap niyan? Kasi hanggang sa ngayon hindi pa rin malinaw kung sino ang papalit sa maintenance,” said Poe.

(Let’s also ask if Sumitomo or Japan is really interested in taking over. What are they doing? Are the talks still ongoing? Because until now, it’s still unclear who will take over maintenance.)

The 48 Dalian-train coaches are worth P3.8 billion.

The Philippine government has initially paid Dalian locomotive and rolling stock corporation P800 million.

These trains, however, remain unused as they are not compatible with the current system of the MRT. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Gov’t will not shoulder repairs of defective Dalian trains

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2018

Weight testing of the new trains purchased by DOTR from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Company

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) admitted that the Dalian trains needed repairs due to some technical defects found through the independent audit conducted by TUV Rhineland.

DOTr and manufacturer Dalian Locomotive agreed to repair the trains and replace all defective parts to become compatible with the current system of the MRT Line 3.

“Kapag nirepaso mo ang evaluation para bang sinasabing pag ito’y naisaayos sa tamang pamamaraan at sa spareparts, puwede mo pang magamit  ang bagon at tren without sacrificing the safety, the security and life of the passengers and the system,” Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

However, he assured that the government will not spend a single centavo on the repairs as Dalian agreed to shoulder all the expenses.

“Kung may mga dapat gawin at dapat lamang na gawin, kung gusto natin gamitin…Lahat ng gastusin na iyon ay i-a-absorb ng Dalian without a single cent of expense from the Philippine government,” Tugade confirmed.

On August 20, DOTr and its Chinese counterpart will again sit down to finalize the conditions to be followed on the duration of the repair though DOTr refused to disclose specifications on the parts of the trains that needed an overhaul. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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48 Dalian trains may be deployed before year ends – DOTr

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2018

Weight testing of the new trains purchased by DOTR from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Company

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Commuters may soon breathe a sigh of relief as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced the possible deployment of 48 Dalian trains on MRT3 tracks before the year ends.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Thursday (July 5) said the China-made trains somehow passed the assessment of the independent audit body TUV Rhineland. However, there are still some technical issues that need to be addressed.

“On an over-all basis, does it mean they failed? No it only means na may kakulangan,” Tugade said after his meeting with the representatives of Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company.

DOTr will have another discussion with the Dalian on August 20 to finalize the agreement on the repairs before they decide on the deployment of the new trains.

Tugade assured that once the Dalian trains are reconditioned, they will provide convenience to thousands of commuters before the end of 2018.

“Basta po magtutulong-tulong lahat pwede pong pakinabangan at gusto natin na magkatulong tulong lahat upang the platform of performance and compliance will be on a win-win,” the Transportation Secretary said.

It was in March this year when the independent audit on the Dalian trains was launched after it was discovered that the trains were overweight and did not fit into the rails of the MRT.

The Japanese company Sumitomo, meanwhile, will begin next month its maintenance handling on the entire MRT3 system.

Tugade also confirmed that a loan agreement is set to be signed this month regarding Sumitomo’s taking over of the maintenance and rehabilitation works of MRT3. — Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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Audit done but no decision yet on Dalian trains – DOTr

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Certification body TUV Rhineland has completed its independent audit of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) including the review of the terms of reference (TOR) of the purchase of 48 Dalian trains from China.

Despite this, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said there is no decision yet on the deployment of the Dalian trains as they still have to discuss it with representatives of  Dalian Locomotive Corp. and Rolling Stock Company.

“Is the evaluation showing that the submission is complete and in accordance with what was envisioned? (The) answer is no. Is the non-compliance substantive and prejudicial to safety and comfort of the riding public? The answer is…at this point which we will discuss with Dalian, until I discuss with them. Abangan ang kasunod,” Tugade said.

Tugade had talks with Dalian officials on Wednesday (July 4) yet the Transportation Department did not disclose anything about what transpired in the discussion.

It was in March this year when the independent audit on the Dalian trains was launched after it was discovered that the trains were overweight and did not fit into the rails of the MRT.

Meanwhile, Japanese company Sumitomo will begin next month its maintenance handling on the entire MRT3 system.

Tugade also confirmed that a loan agreement is set to be signed this month regarding Sumitomo’s taking over of the maintenance and rehabilitation works of MRT3. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

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