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Malacañang mulls filing new raps vs ex-DOTC execs over MRT-3 anomalies 

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: An MRT train in depot

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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MRT-3 to temporarily suspend operation from March 28 to April 1

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit Line-3 (MRT-3) will not operate for five days during the Holy Week.

Based on the advisory of the MRT-3 management, there will be no operations from March 28 to April 1.

This is to pave way for maintenance activities for the trains and facilities.

Its operations will return to normal on April 2, Monday. — UNTV News & Rescue

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P2P bus riders continue to increase

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, February 24th, 2018

A Poin-to-Point (P2P) bus commissioned by the Department of Transportation

MANILA, Philippines — There used to be 15 Metropolitan Rail Transit (MRT) trains operating the entire day. But now, only six to seven trains are able to serve the riding public.

This is why commuters have begun patronizing the once-ignored point-to-point (P2P) buses at the MRT North Avenue station.

At about nine in the morning on Friday, there were still several passengers who wanted to catch the last P2P bus trip.

“Kasi konti na lang yung bagon na umaandar na MRT, so yung pag-aantay ko nakapila dun, sakay na lang ako ng bus (There have been lesser train coaches that operate so, instead of spending a long time in line, I prefer to take the bus),” said Michael Cruz, a P2P passenger.

“Mas mabilis po kasi dito kaysa sa MRT, pipila ka pa, mas matagal yung pipila ka pa (This is faster than taking the MRT where you have to spend time waiting in line),” said Michelle Loi, another P2P regular.

“Based on the information we got, MRT passengers patronize our P2P buses because they are able to sit and it’s comfortable, and two, they get to their destination fast,” said  Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT) spokesperson Atty. Aileen Lizada

Based on the data from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), from February 1 to 22, the bus augmentation program was able to serve up to over 56,000 MRT passengers.

To date, there are only about 250,000 commuters who take the MRT trains daily.

This number is lower compared to that in 2017 which was at about 400,000 daily.

In February alone, there have been at least 11 incidents of MRT glitches.

The MRT management, meanwhile, assures that repair work among its trains has been underway as the spare parts that have been ordered by the DOTr have begun arriving.

The MRT management targets to have 15 trains operating in may after the conduct of a general maintenance.

The DOTR, on the other hand, said that several Japanese railway engineers will begin the review and audit on the entire MRT system, in line with the planned taking over Sumitomo as the new maintenance provided of the MRT.

The DOTr is also considering the P30 billion buy-out of the Metro Pacific investments corporation to improve the MRT system. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue


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

by UNTV   |   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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