By Emmie V. Abadilla The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has granted Original Proponent Status to the proponent of an Unsolicited Proposal for the rehabilitation, operations, and maintenance of Metro Rail Transit (MRT)3. Malacañang disclosed this November 20 as part of Presidential Spokespman Harry Roque’s statement supporting DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade amid calls for the latter’s resignation over the railway system’s problems. The DOTr is currently pursuing multiple options for getting a competent, qualified, and experienced maintenance service provider for the MRT-3 in the short- to medium-term. The railway serves 500,000 riders on a daily basis but its problems have been accumulating over decades. The government expects the unsolicited proposal for rehabilitating and maintaining the railway line can solve the historical fragmented approach of running MRT-3 (separate owner, different maintenance provider, and different operator). Once implemented, DOTr expects the unsolicited proposal to restore MRT-3’s reliability and double its capacity in the medium- to long-term. The DOTr has terminated the contract of Busan Universal Rail, Inc. (BURI), the system’s maintenance contractor, citing poor performance and inefficiency, among others. The department has also filed charges against officials responsible for the current state of the MRT-3 system. On an operational level, the entire Philippines… Read full this story
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