German, Filipino firms offer 'special works' for MRT


Posted at Mar 12 2015 07:55 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2015 03:55 AM

MANILA – Two German companies and a Filipino company are offering to improve the services of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3).

The companies—Comm Builders & Technology Philippines Inc., Schunk Bahn-und Industrietechnik GmbH and HEAG mobile GmbH—submitted a proposal to government to undertake special works worth about P405 million.

Under the proposal, the group will lead in the installation of platform edged doors worth P242 million, automatic train protection for P190 million, LED lightning for P45 million, and a North Ave. footbridge for P13.7 million.

The group is also offering to upgrade the MRT’s communications system worth P108.1 million; rehabilitate toilets for P46.5 million; and repair unimog for P2.4 million.

“We can provide other services that are beyond the means of rehabilitation and restoration of the MRT-3,” said Roehl Bacar, president of Comm Builders & Technology Philippines Inc.

The new proposal is separate from the earlier proposal worth P4.65 billion to undertake the rehabilitation and restoration of MRT-3.

The P4.65 billion proposal, meanwhile, involves the maintenance of the MRT as well as the rehabilitation of the 73 light rail vehicles.

It also includes upgrading the ancillary system and conveyance system, CTC and signaling system, and rail replacement.

Bacar noted that their proposal is P115.84 million cheaper than the P4.76 billion approved budget for the projects being undertaken by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

He said the offer also includes the free transfer of German technology to the Philippines.

Under its proposed “Swiss Challenge,” the group hopes to address the technical and facility issues hounding the rail system.