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Senators urge change in bidding process for MRT maintenance system

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is not buying the idea of stopping or suspending the operation of MRT Line-3 just to give way for assessment and repair works.

“The public will suffer once you close [the operation.] As I was telling you, the problem is with the maintenance. If the [provider] is diligent and the maintenance work is [always] in full blast, those errors would not happen,” said Sotto.

For his part, Senator Gringo Honasan believes that aside from failure in the maintenance system, another problem is the government’s poor bidding process which hinders it from getting high-quality and reliable services.

“The President is right when he said the bidding process is one of the mothers or the sister of corruption. You get the lowest [bid] but you sacrifice the quality,” said Honasan.

The two senators believe the current state of the MRT trains and services cannot be accounted to the present administration only or to transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

“It’s a problem of cumulative errors in policy decisions. This is not the fault of a single administration,” said Honasan.

“He [Duterte] inherited a number of problems from the mismanagement of his predecessors,” said Sotto.

According to Sotto, the MRT problems are likely to be discussed in Senate once it resumes its deliberation on the request to grant emergency powers to the Duterte administration.

The proposed emergency power is now on second reading in the upper chamber of Congress. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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Foreign investors unfazed by political noise – Diokno

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

 

MANILA, Philippines – Economic managers of the Duterte administration are confident in saying that the Philippines is rising fast to become the next economic powerhouse in Asia.

In fact, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the Philippines is no doubt among the top investment destinations in the world today.

“We are in a very good place. We’re doing very well. We are bound to be one of the fastest growing economies in the fastest growing region in the world,” said Diokno who is also among the administration’s economic planners.

Given the current status of the Philippines, Diokno believes that foreign investors are not affected even by the loudest political noise in the country.

“I think the foreign investors know the facts, they are intelligent people, they discount statements coming from the political side, in fact, that is what we are trying to do in the economic side on the economic team, we want to change the conversation,” he said.

Diokno was referring to last week’s remarks by President Rodrigo Duterte that the country’s economy is currently “in doldrums,” meaning on the verge of a crisis.

Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino agreed with Diokno saying investors are more focused on other aspects they perceived beneficial to their business such as tax rate, infrastructure and more importantly, measures against corruption being imposed by the government.

“There are many considerations but when we look at the World Economic Forum survey that they conducted, the number one thing that they care about is corruption and we see that this administration is dead serious about addressing corruption,” Lambino said.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Monday clarified that the President was referring to the provinces where state projects are slow moving when he (Duterte) said “economy in the doldrums.” – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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Door failure disrupts MRT-3 ops

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: An MRT train

MANILA, Philippines — Over 1,000 passengers of Metro Rail Transit Line-3 (MRT-3) were offloaded at Ortigas Avenue Station, southbound lane at 1:17 pm on Thursday.

According to the MRT management, the train experienced door failure thereby forcing them to offload the passengers.

They explained that a possible cause of disruption in train operations is the surge of passengers who forcibly open train doors.

The passengers were transferred to the next train after six minutes. — UNTV News & Rescue

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

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

FILE PHOTO: An MRT train

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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