MRT private partner wants to resume maintenance role

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 17 2017 02:34 PM | Updated as of Nov 17 2017 02:50 PM

MANILA - The government's private sector partner in the MRT 3 on Friday sought to reclaim its role of maintaining the train system, following recent mishaps.

Metro Rail Transit Corp plans to bring back Japan's Sumitomo as maintenance provider, buy millions of pesos in spare parts and bring in 100 engineers, said its president, Frederick Parayno.

The government of former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino took over the MRT's maintenance in 2012.

"What we are experiencing now is poor maintenance," Parayno told reporters.

"As far as we are concerned we have the capability to fix the system. We are very confident that we can fix it," he said.

Parayno said MRTC wrote the Department of Transportation asking that it be allowed to return as maintenance provider, as called for under its build-lease-transfer contract with the government.

The DOTr earlier this month terminated its maintenance contract with Busan Universal Rail Inc, a Filipino-Korean consortium, tapped by the previous government.

On Thursday, a car detached from one of the MRT trains, forcing passengers to walk on the train tracks. This highlighted periodic breakdowns in the system that carries an average of 500,000 people daily.

In 2014, a train overshot the southernmost station leaving at least 36 people hurt.

-- from a report by Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News