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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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DOTr to conduct test run for 3rd set of Dalian trains

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

A Dalian train | Photo courtesy of DOTr

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTR) is set to conduct a test run for the third set of Dalian trains.

These trains will undergo a 1,000-kilometer test run on off-peak hours and 150-hour validation test.

If there are no problems found, the set will regularly hit the MRT line just like with the first and second sets of Dalian trains which have passed the test runs.

It was 2014 when the country bought 48 trains worth P3.7 billion from Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company, however, these were not used due to its incompatibility with the MRT system.

The transportation department has reached out to Dalian to repair the trains for public use without government expenditure. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Poe, Villar, Angara top senatorial survey – Pulse Asia

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

(L-R) Senators Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara,
Rep. Pia Cayetano

MANILA, Philippines – Pollster Pulse Asia Reasearch Institute released on Wednesday (January 9) its latest survey on senatorial hopefuls in the upcoming May midterm elections.

According to the results of the survey conducted from December 14 to 21, 2018, Senator Grace Poe remains on top spot with 75.6% of the respondents voting for her in the Senate.

She is followed by Senator Cynthia Villar with 66.6% and Senator Sonny Angara with 58.5%, ranking second and third respectively.

Angara is only 3% ahead of Cong. Pia Cayetano who ranked fourth.

Meanwhile, Lito Lapid comes fifth with 49.8% and Senator Nancy Binay at sixth with 46.7%.

Respondents were asked to choose among the senatorial hopefuls 12 names and rank them according to their preferred candidates if the election was held on the survey period.

They were also asked if they have heard or watched any ad about the candidates through shuffle and show cards. — Marje Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue

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MRT-3 rehab to begin this month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Metro Rail Transit Line-3

MANILA, Philippines — Rehabilitation for Metro Rail Transit Line-3 is set to begin this month.

Included in the rehabilitation works are the overhauling of 72 light rail vehicles and repairs of rail track, power supply, signalling system, public address system and the stations’ CCTV.

Broken elevators and escalators are also set for restoration.

MRT management has ensured that the daily operations of 15 MRT trains will not be affected by the rehabilitation.

Suspension of train operations will be set on holidays if needed.

The rehabilitation will last for three years. — UNTV News & Rescue

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