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Independent audit team to release result of study on Dalian trains next week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2018


FILE PHOTO: A Dalian train on a test run

MANILA, Philippines —A video recently went viral on social media. It shows Dalian trains properly running during a test run.

It drew positive comments, and some netizens even asked why the said trains are not being used.

In response, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said they could not just use the Dalian trains without proper assessment.

Batan explained that they still have to properly examine the trains’ signaling system, compatibility, and power supply to ensure that these are safe for public use.

“We are talking about half a million passengers every day. Hindi po basta-basta dapat nagdedesisyon (It should not be hastily decided upon),” said the transportation undersecretary.

The independent audit team, TUV Rheinland continues to conduct a series of tests on the Dalian trains.

It is expected to release the result of its examination on March 10.

The government will then use the results as basis on whether or not to use said trains.

It has been two years since these coaches were delivered to the Philippines from China.

However, passengers have yet to benefit from the said trains considering that Metro Rail Transit (MRT) operations frequently experience glitches.

Meanwhile, the DOTr said, operations of MRT did not experience disruptions from February 22 to 28.

“Siguro sinuswerte tayo. Nandiyan yung spareparts na kailangan. Na-adressan kaagad. Walang mga taong nagbubukas ng pinto. Sana magtuloy-tuloy,” DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade said.

(We are getting lucky. The spare parts are already here. We have already addressed the concerns. There are no more people forcibly opening the train doors.)

For now, only seven to nine MRT trains are running daily. — Joan Nano| 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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Dalian trains set for test run in October

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

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

After lying idle in storage for more than two years at the MRT-3 depot in Quezon City, the trains acquired from China’s Dalian Locomotive (DLRSC) and Rolling Stocks Company are scheduled to undergo a test run next month.

Department of Transportation (DOTr), Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said that two to three train sets are set to operate under provisional service revenue in October to ensure that the trains are compatible and are safe to use by passengers of MRT-3.

Philippine National Railways general manager, Jun Magno said the DLRSC has assured that possible hazards in the units have already been rectified.

DOTr and the Planning Department of the PNR will let the Dalian trains run for 150 hours to ensure that potential hazards have been rectified by DLRSC.

“Kung may hazards pa rin di na namin tatapusin 150; isauli na namin sa Dalian, ‘Rectify niyo ulit ito’,” said Magno.

If the test drive is successful, Usec. Batan said they may possibly begin to operate the trains during the actual operating hours of MRT-3.

“Magpapatakbo muna tayo outside revenue hours para hindi natin maapektuhan yung operations natin habang may pasahero and later on kapag umusad tayo dun sa susunod na phase ng inspection ay gagawin na natin siya during revenue hours magagamit na siya ng mga pasahero,” said Batan

Meanwhile, an agreement on the takeover of Sumitomo as the rehabilitation and maintenance provider of MRT-3, is expected to be signed at the end of this month.

Last August, the economic managers have given the go signal for the rehabilitation of MRT-3 with a budget of P18.8 billion loaned from  the Japanese government.

Once the rehabilitation is completed, it is expected to double the number of operational trains until the year 2022. — Joan Nano

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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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