Pinasubo tayo! Tugade admits gov’t can’t fix MRT trains after canceling Busan Railways contract
Now you’re telling us.
Transportation Secretary Art Tugade admits that the government is sorely inadequate in handling the daily maintenance of the EDSA Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3).
“Hindi naman kaya patakbuhin ng gobyerno araw-araw ‘yan. Sa akin pong paniniwala kailangan pong may service provider na may experience at technical know how,” said Tugade in an interview with reporters.
At this point, there is no clear date on when the government would find an experienced and technically-proficient maintenance provider.
Tugade made the admission just two weeks after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) canceled the P3.8 billion maintainance contract of Busan Universal Railways Inc. (Buri)
In a press conference to hype the cancellation of the BURI contract, then Undersecretary Cesar Chavez promised that the MRT’s performance and service would improve within three to six months.
Since he made that promise, a train decoupled, a women cut her arm after falling in between coaches and Chavez resigned due to “delicadeza.” In his irrevocable resignation letter to submitted to the President last Thursday, Chavez hoped that his resignation would lead to the “appointment of a person “better qualified to perform the duties and responsibilities” of the job.”