Close  

MRT is safe for public, DOTr tells Senate

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 10:55 AM October 10, 2017

Senator Grace Poe (inset) grilled Transportation officials on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, on the condition of the MRT3 amid ‘unprecedented’ daily breakdowns of its trains. INQUIRER FILES

Despite the “unprecedented” high number of daily technical problems experienced by the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3), transport officials have assured the public that it is still safe to the take the MRT.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) officials gave this assurance during Monday’s plenary deliberations on the agency’s proposed budget next year.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Safe pa ba sumakay sa MRT?” Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services, asked.

“According to the Usec (undersecretary) for rails, it’s still safe,” said Senator JV Ejercito, who was being assisted by DOTr officials while defending the agency’s budget.

FEATURED STORIES

“It’s still safe, so that’s the guarantee. I mean based on your assessment, it’s still safe although there are obviously a lot of glitches,” Poe said.

Poe earlier noted a 2016 Commission on Audit report which showed MRT having encountered 2,619 train removals, 63 service interruptions and 586 incidents of passengers unloading.

READ: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/910370/coa-mrt-3-inconveniences-increased-under-busan-contract

This, she said, despite the P54.5 million monthly fee being paid to the maintenance services of Busan Universal Rail, Inc. (Buri).

Poe also reminded the DOTr of its promise to pursue a review and eventual cancellation of its contract with Buri.

“You cited Buris’ poor maintenance which led to numerous, repeated and unprecedented train derailments, high number of train removals, high number of unloading incidents, high number of service interruptions almost twice a day. This is unprecedented,” she said.

She then asked the DOTr if it had plan to cancel the contract with Buri, the maintenance provider of MRT 3.

ADVERTISEMENT

Responding to the question, the DOTr officials through Ejercito, said: “Yes, Mr. President. It’s for termination because of non-performance and default and inconvenience…” /cbb

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: budget, DoTr, Grace Poe, JV Ejercito, MRT 3, news, Senate
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
opinion

Hong Kong and that boat-ramming

June 19, 2019 05:06 AM

sports

Help is on the way

June 19, 2019 05:05 AM

opinion

One country, two systems

June 19, 2019 05:05 AM

opinion

Passing of a generation

June 19, 2019 05:04 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.