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HOR almost cites in contempt MRT-3 GM Garcia for walking out of the Congressional hearing

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) General Manager Rodolfo Garcia dared House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez amid the hearing of the House Committee on Transportation on  January 31, regarding MRT 3 glitches.

“I will resign if I am not sure, If you want I could resign now,” Garcia said.

Garcia raised his voice after House Speaker Alvarez questioned his ability to fix the operation of MRT.

According to Garcia, he has been focusing on the testing of 48 Dalian trains.

He said four of these can already be used for the operation.

However, Alvarez questioned Garcia’s statement.

The lawmaker argued that the Dalian trains are not compatible with the rails of MRT and are dangerous to use.

“We are looking at the Dalian trains if these can be used,” Garcia said.

“It is not possible. It is not compatible with this signaling system. Did you not know it?” Alvarez said.

Amid the heated exchange, Garcia attempted to walk-out, however, several lawmakers stopped him.

Some congressmen defended the House speaker and recommended to cite Garcia in contempt for his behavior.

“Speaker, the one who is talking, is the head of the third batch of the government. Don’t do it to us. We cannot allow you to just leave. We might even detain you here,” House Majority Leader Rep. Rodolfo Farinas said.

Garcia calmed down after talking with Fariñas.

Shortly afterwards, the MRT General Manager apologized to Alvarez.

Because of this, the lawmakers withdraw its plan to cite him in contempt.

“I was just pressured as GM, I am really contemplating going out,” said Garcia.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has once again assured to the public that it is doing all it can to fix the MRT-3.

DOTr Undersecretary for Rails Timothy John Batan said the spare parts the government ordered will arrive in February, which then will pave way for the start of the repair of some MRT trains.

He said the government continues to hold talks with the Japanese government regarding the planned take-over of the Sumitomo to the maintenance and rehabilitation of MRT.

“When the spare parts begin to arrive, we will bring up one by one the trains we could not fix before due to lack of spare parts,” said Batan.— Joan Nano| UNTV News & 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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2nd set of Dalian trains hit the MRT-3 tracks

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

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MANILA, Philippines — The management of MRT-3 has began the deployment of the second set of Dalian trains as part of its reliability, availability, maintainability and safety test.

The second set of Dalian trains composed of three coaches hit the tracks on Tuesday (December 11).

These are set to run during off-peak hours from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm starting December 11-15.

However, from December 16 to 23, the trains are set to operate from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy Batan explained that a total of 150 hours test-run is needed to be completed to determine whether they are safe for commuters’ use under normal operation of the MRT. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Dalian trains to go on simulation run prior to 2018 debut

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Railway engineers from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), MRT-3, the Philippines National Railways, and CRRC Dalian recently convened to discuss the conduct of a simulation run of Dalian trains this October.

The said test run aims to review the reliability and compatibility of Dalian trains before officially hitting the tracks by the end of the year.

The MRT management, meanwhile, assured that the simulation run will not affect the MRT-3’s regular train services.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade previously said that they plan to inaugurate the official operation of the 48 Dalian trains before the end of 2018 only if they pass safety and security standards. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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