MANILA - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Canadian company Bombardier Transportation on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to procure spare parts and maintain the MRT-3's signaling system.
"Bombardier‘s track record is exceptional. They are the original manufacturer of MRT-3's signaling system, and we are directly dealing with Bombardier, not a JV, not a consortium, not any middleman,” said DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.
DOTr said Bombardier is the company that "designed, supplied, commissioned, and maintained the MRT-3 signaling system for its first 12 years of operations."
It is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and proprietary rights owner of the Cityflo 250 Light Rail and Metro Signaling Solution, which is the signaling system used in the MRT-3 system, the DOTr added.
Under the MOU, the DOTr will procure OEM signaling spare parts from Bombardier. The signaling maintenance contract is for 2 years.
The deal was awarded to Bombardier under direct contracting and emergency procurement, pursuant to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act, the statement said.
Tugade said the top 3 most frequent causes of breakdowns are signaling-related issues. He said non-OEM parts were used in the past years to "save on cost and increase profit at the expense of MRT-3's safety and reliability."
"This is why this time, we want to be sure that we get the right spare parts and that we maintain the system right," he said.
The contract with previous maintenance provider, Busan Universal Railways Inc. (BURI), was terminated after it failed to maintain and procure spare parts of the MRT-3 signaling system.