Frustrating MRT-3 problems have been solved and development is on its way - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, March 8, 2018



Frustrating MRT-3 problems have been solved and development is on its way



MRT-3, photo from PhilNews.XYZ
“They have concluded already the survey of what needs to be done. And from what I understand, Sumitomo found out that it was worse than they expected,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed.

After a meeting of the Malacañang last Tuesday, March 6, a course of action on improving Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) was finally released which were based on the findings of the original contractor, Sumitomo Corporation came in.

“They have concluded already the survey of what needs to be done. And from what I understand, Sumitomo found out that it was worse than they expected,” said Roque.

Sadly, MRT-3 is in its worse condition than expected, a train plagued by a frequency of breakdowns and glitches. But Roque said that the meeting concluded with two possible solutions. A short term solution on the procurement of all necessary spare parts for the MRT-3 and the medium-term solution of entering a maintenance contract with Sumitomo Corporation.

Roque clarified that the now existing agreement between the Philippines and Japan will make the rehiring of Sumitomo’s services for maintenance possible.

Yet the problem still roots from the previous administrations long-term “solution” of changing the owners of MRT-3.
“As you know, the ownership of MRT-3 is a private corporation. So, they are thinking of changing the owners because we have had many problems with the current owners,” he said.

The previous company under government contract had one job and it was to repair 26 train coaches of MRT-3. To the government’s demise, “They only delivered two; and they even supplied the wrong signaling system,” Roque clarified.

Solicitor General Jose Calida was instructed by President Rodrigo Duterte to investigate the matter for a decision was made to file cases against those behind the degraded performance of MRT-3.

Roque also disclosed Duterte’s plans on filing new plunder charges against certain officials that caused this MRT tragedy.

“But in any case, that’s just part of the solution. Accountability is part of the solution,” Roque mentioned, for the current government is doing the best it could to improve the train’s operations.

Source: goodnewsnetworkph.com