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Two MRT-3 personnel in ICU after service vehicle collision

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

MANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines – Two maintenance service vehicles of the MRT Line 3 collided at early dawn Wednesday (September 26).

The collision injured seven of MRT-3’s maintenance personnel – two of them still under observation at an intensive care unit (ICU) in Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center in Mandaluyong City.

One of the drivers was already discharged from the hospital for minor injuries but the rest are still recovering.

According to Engineer Michael Capati, the driver of the second unit did not notice the first unit still parked ahead as he was blinded by the curve between Buendia and Guadalupe stations.

“Since paahon at palusong po iyan, kurbado po medyo hindi masydong makikita iyong nasa unahan. Nang makita ng driver natin prumeno siya. Unfortunately po kumapit man ang preno sa tindi ng bigat ng unimog at tsaka nung kanyang daladala sa likod ay di na kinayang mag-preno bago sumalpok duon sa isang unimog,” explained Capati, MRT-3’s Director for Operations.

One of the maintenance service vehicles that figured in the accident| DOTr MRT3

Most of the victims sustained bone fractures and multiple wounds in different parts of their bodies.

The MRT-3 management assured to shoulder all the medical expenses of the injured personnel.

Engr. Capati admitted there were lapses in communication between the two teams, thus, the mishap.

“I think there was a lapse in the safety protocol. Kulang ng komunikasyon between duon po sa driver ng tracks na siya po ay on the way na pabalik. Since nagkaroon ng communication lapse hindi niya po nalaman na meron pang gumagawa,” he explained.

The MRT management vowed to look into and revise its safety protocols to prevent a repeat of the incident. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Maintenance provider belies purchase of fake spare parts for MRT Line-3 trains

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and representatives of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) MRT-3’s maintenance provider, the Busan Universal Rails Incorporated (BURI), appeared on Wednesday at the hearing of the House Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability.

The issue discussed in the said hearing was BURI’s alleged use of fake spare parts for the trains of MRT.  The parts in question are the two pieces of vehicle logic units (VLU) that control the speed of the trains.

BURI insisted that the spare parts they bought are not fake, but that they returned it to suppliers since the company has not issued a receipt and necessary documents.

“There was no consummated transaction between BURI and Diamond Pearl with respect to the two VLU’s. There was no factual basis for the allegation that two VLUs were installed in any LRV of the MRT-3 system. These were not installed. The supplier already pulled it out a long time ago,” said BURI  spokesperson Atty. Charles Mercado.

However, the DOTR insisted on its allegation and said that the questionable VLUs were delivered and installed in the train system.

Based on the documents presented by the DOTr, the first VLU was delivered on October 6, 2016 and was installed on car 63 on  November 12 of the same year.

The second spare part was delivered on November 24, 2016 and was installed in Car 6 last April 8.

“We also have documentation of the delivery and following this is the installation record,” said DOTr-Rails Senior tech. Assistant Atty. Hernando Cabrera.

BURI, on the other hand, responded that the VLUs referred to by the DOTr are the old ones, and not the new parts being questioned.

“So this is a different VLU. Because it has serial numbers, with respect to the VLU installed on car 63, it’s not the one supplied by Diamond Pearl,” said Mercado.

The discussion focused first on the purchase of spare parts by BURI from an unauthorized supplier, instead of the company Bombadier, the firm in the contract of MRT.

The DOTr stands firm of not paying for the said spare parts as the transaction by BURI violated the MRT contract. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue



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MRT to limit operations in the next four days

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 15th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — From 20 train sets operating during peak hours, only 15 train sets are now running at MRT line 3.

Aside from the reduced number of trains, the speed limit will be lowered to 20 kph from the previous 40 kph.

This means the previous 35-minute end to end travel of trains will now become 50 minutes.

Officials of MRT explained the limited operation is due to the systematic check they have to conduct on the trains.

This was after one of the trains emitted a strange sound, and was moving irregularly.

They also discovered cracks on one of the axles or the part attached to the wheels of trains.

The MRT management estimates, that 30 percent of their passenger capacity will be affected by the limited operations.

It says it is the first time they have noticed such a problem, prompting them to examine all trains to ensure the safety of passengers.

The management of MRT has apologized to the passengers. But many MRT passengers are still dismayed.

Despite this, the MRT assures the public of completing the system check by Sunday so operations can return to normal on Monday. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

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DOTr assures old MRT signaling system as safe

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016


This picture of the old signaling system of the MRT Line 3 has been circulating the internet.

Many were alarmed as the mechanism that monitors the whole MRT line is contained only in a small computer inside a small room.

The MRT signaling system which has been running thru the DOS system for 15 years can already be considered as obsolete in today’s times.

But the Department of Transportation (DOTr) assures that the signaling system is still running in good condition despite its age.

Proof of this is the signaling system’s ability to monitor the recurring mechanical defects in the MRT.

“The train stops. The train unloads. On the very reason that the signaling system identifies the problem. May it be in Line 3, Line 1 or 2, the operations and control systems are alerted,” said Usec. Noel Kintanar.

The old trains of the MRT use the old signaling system as the new trains from China are not compatible with it.

This is why, even if there are now 2 new sets of trains from China, they are still not operational as nothing can monitor them.

This year, it is expected to that all new trains of the MRT will be completed but they will remain unusable until the signaling system is upgraded.

“The timing is slightly not perfect so we are trying to adjust the implementation so that as much as possible, when the new train arrive, we can already deploy them,” Kintanar said.

To date, the procurement of the new signaling system that the DOTr will use for the new MRT line is now in the bidding process.


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