MRT 3 maintennance provider sees favorable ruling in arbitration case with gov’t
Busan Universal Rail Inc., the maintenance provider of MRT 3, is confident it will be absolved of any wrongdoing with respect to the poor performance of the railway system through the process of arbitration.
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court last week issued an order directing the Department of Transportation and BURI to proceed with arbitration proceedings in accordance with Republic Act 9825.
In a statement, BURI said the grounds raised by DOTr in terminating the contract would be proven to be bereft of factual and legal basis.
“The allegation of poor performance against the service company will be met by evidence that BURI has delivered even more than what is required under its contract, together with its early accomplishment of fixing 26 cars to raise the number of running trains from 13 in January 2016, when it started servicing the system, to about 22 running trains at present,” BURI said.
BURI said it meets train availability requirements that serve as the contract’s key performance indicators, the ultimate test of its compliance with its obligations under the contract.
Documentary and technical evidence, as well as historical data, will also show that the charge of BURI liability for incidents of train removal, service interruptions, unloading and derailment in the MRT3 is misplaced.
BURI insists that the MRT 3 system is flawed from the start.