DOTr eyes return of Sumitomo Corporation as MRT-3 maintenance provider
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – The maintenance and rehabilitation work is expected to begin before the year ends.
There is huge chance that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) might bring back Sumitomo Corporation and its technical partner Mitsubishi heavy industries in the maintenance and rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit or MRT-3.
This has been the statement of the Department of Transportation or DOTr, Wednesday. It also assures the public that the government is doing its best to improve the services of MRT.
According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Rails Timothy John Batan, Sumitomo Corporation is the first company being considered by the Transportation Department as the maintenance provider of the rail system.
“That’s part of the options the Department of Transportation is looking into. Because you know, that joint venture is the one that designed and built the MRT-3 in 1998 until 2000 and they are ones maintaining the MRT since 2000 until 2012,” Batan said.
The DOTr targets to get the services of the said company through government to government agreement and not by bidding.
Philippine Transport officials are currently coordinating with the Japanese Government regarding the matter. The agreement is expected to be signed before the year ends.
“The G2G agreement will pave way for the Official Development Assistance or ODA that can be used by the DOTr to look for a maintenance service provider.
The DOTr said the contract would also contain the rehabilitation of MRT so the trains could return to its original performance.
However, the Transportation Department has yet to determine the amount it will pay Sumitomo for its services.
Sumitomo was the maintenance provider of MRT in the first 12 years of its operation.
It was also the company that designed the MRT.
Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation conducted another inspection earlier at the depot of MRT.
The inspection is in connection with the NBI’s investigation on the decoupling of coaches last November 16.
In the said inspection, MRT engineers showed NBI the system of attachment of trains. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Aside from his previous order to file plunder complaints against nine former officials of the past administration on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 maintenance deal, President Rodrigo Duterte has also directed Solicitor General Jose Calida to look further into the matter for possible charges that can be filed against other personalities who were responsible for the current mess the said mass transit is in.
Plunder charges have been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against former Transporation Secretary Jun Abaya and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
“I know there was already a case filed for BURI [Busan Universal Rail Inc.] but there could be other cases filed as well. There could be other new ones because apparently, the problem lies not just with BURI but the problem lies with the current owners of MRT-3,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
With this development, the government is looking for a long-term solution to the said MRT-3 woes.
Based on what was discussed at Monday’s 23rd Cabinet meeting of President Duterte, this long-term solution comes in the form of arranging for a new owner of the MRT-3.
This is aside from the ones in charge of the maintenance and operation.
“The ownership of MRT-3 is a private corporation. So they are thinking of changing the owners because we’ve had many problems with the current owners,” said Roque.
Currently, the private company Metro Rail Transit Corporation owns MRT-3.
Another long-term solution that the government is looking into is the procurement of all necessary spare parts, and entering into a new contract with the MRT-3’s original maintenance contractor, Japan’s Sumimoto Corporation. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
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