MRT-3 defers scheduled weekend repair works due to Typhoon Rolly

Robie de Guzman   •   October 30, 2020   •   355

MANILA, Philippines – The scheduled suspension of Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) operations on Saturday, Oct. 31 to Monday, Nov. 2, will be postponed, the rail line management announced Friday.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade allowed the deferment in light of the expected effects of Typhoon Rolly in Metro Manila.

“Ito ay upang ma-protektahan ang mga manggagawa ng MRT-3 na magiging bahagi ng mga gagawing aktibidad sa mga nasabing petsa,” it said.

The MRT-3 was supposed to conduct repair works in its 34.5-kilovolt alternating current (kV AC) switch gear in its depot as well as turnouts at the Taft Avenue Station.

The line management said no new dates have been set for the weekend shutdown.

“Magbibigay ng anunsyo ang pamunuan ng MRT-3 kung kailan matutuloy ang weekend shutdown,” it said.

“Sa kabilang banda, magpapatuloy ang operasyon ng mga tren sa mainline bukas hanggang Lunes,” it added.

The state weather bureau earlier warned that Typhoon Rolly may bring destructive winds up to signal number 4 over some areas in Luzon.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the typhoon, with international name Goni, is likely to make landfall off the coast of Bicol region towards the eastern coast of Aurora-Quezon area on Sunday evening or Monday morning.

Rolly was last seen 1,100 kilometers east of Central Luzon, packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gustiness of up to 205 km/h.

MRT-3 to shutdown ops from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The management of Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Friday reminded the public that its operations will be suspended over the weekend to give way to scheduled rehabilitation and maintenance works.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 said it will shut down operations from November 28 to 30 as part of the ongoing massive rehabilitation project being conducted by its maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

“Magpapatupad ang pamunuan ng rail line ng temporary shutdown sa operasyon ng mga tren nito sa mga nasabing petsa upang magbigay-daan sa gagawing turnout activity sa Taft Avenue station ng Sumitomo-MHI-TESP,” the rail management said.

A turnout or railroad switch is a mechanical installation enabling railway trains to be guided from one track to another railway junction.

Last November 2, the MRT-3 increased its train running speed to 50 kilometers per hour (kph) from 40 kph.

The rail management hopes to further increase the train speed up to 60 kph when repair works for turnouts will be completed in December.

MRT-3 to resume weekend shutdown from Nov. 28 to Dec. 30

Marje Pelayo   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The management of MRT-3 will resume its weekend shutdown starting November 28 to December 30 to give way to massive maintenance and rehabilitation works in the train system.

A turnout activity will be conducted at Taft Avenue Station in the course of the shutdown.

A turnout along with a railway switch is a mechanical installation that enables railway trains to be guided from one track to another.

The MRT management aims to increase train speed from the current 50 kilometers per hour (kph) to 60 kph by December after all rehabilitation works have been made.

Taiwan donates disaster relief fund to Phl

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has turned over to the Philippine government its donation for the country’s disaster relief operations.

Representative Peiyung Hsu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines led the Taiwan delegation in the handing over of the donation worth US$ 200,000 as its “humanitarian assistance for the victims of the recent typhoons including Rolly and Ulysses, at a hand-over ceremony in TECO on 20 November 2020.”

A media release from TECO said Vice Chairman Gilberto F. Lauengco of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office accepted the donation on behalf of the Philippine government.

On the same occasion, Lauengco also received 700,000 pesos donated by Taiwan Association Inc. in the Philippines, the statement added.

TECO said, “As the closest neighbor of the Philippines, Taiwan expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families which lost their beloved ones in the aforementioned tragic disasters and extends a helping hand to the Philippines for its rehabilitation and recovery work.” — /mbmf

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