German-Filipino joint venture submits proposal for MRT rehab

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 02 2015 09:21 PM | Updated as of Mar 03 2015 04:56 PM

MANILA – Two German companies and a Filipino-owned firm have submitted a proposal to take over the rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

The P4.65-billion proposal of the group composed of Schunk Bahn-und Industrietechnik GmbH, HEAG mobile GmbH, and Comm Builders & Technology Philippines Inc. is P116 million cheaper than the P4.76 billion budget of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

“We, CommBuilders and Technology are pleased to submit the enclosed project proposal from these world-renowned European companies, Schunk Group, and HEAG mobile--for your review and evaluation,” the group said in a proposal letter addressed to Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya.

The letter was signed by Schunk Bahn Group Manila authorized representative Rolf Bieri and Comm Builders authorized representative Roehl Bacar.

The group said that under its proposed “Swiss Challenge,” the plan is to prioritize the rehabilitation of station facilities.

It added that its proposal will address issues on ancillary power, new stabling area, new public address system, public information system, new toilets, new elevators and escalators, platform gates, security cameras, signaling system, rail replacement and rail grinding.

The group is expecting to complete the rehabilitation in three to four years.

Schunk Bahn-und Industrietechnik GmbH (Schunk) is an expert on high quality power transmission railway equipment while HEAG mobilo operates and maintains its own fleet of trains/trams and buses.