Audit on MRT-3, trains from China finished, DOTr chief says
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said that the independent audit and assessment for the entire MRT-3 system, including the 48 train cars from Dalian, China, has been completed.
Tugade revealed this in a press briefing at the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) site in Capas, Tarlac when he and the other Cabinet officials toured the media in the New Clark City Tuesday, June 3.
He said the results of the third party audit conducted by TUV Rheinland, a certified certifier, will be further discussed with representatives from Dalian Corp.
“Tapos na po ang audit. The report will be discussed with Dalian at sana ho huwag nating pangunahan. Kapag tapos na ang mga pag-uusap, kakausapin ko kayo on the firm and final position on these trains,” he said.
The safety audit, which started on January 3 this year, will determine the extent of rehabilitation works that needed to be done on the MRT-3. At the same time, it also looked into the condition of the new Dalian coaches, and whether they are in accordance with the Terms of Reference, among others.
Tugade also said that Japanese company Sumitomo-MHI is expected to return and come on board in the next couple of months as the maintenance provider of MRT-3.
This comes after the exchange of Note Verbales in January 2018 between the governments of the Philippines and Japan, and advance discussions with Sumitomo-MHI on the MRT-3 Rehabilitation Project.
Signing of a loan agreement is targeted to happen this month, to be immediately followed by the mobilization of Sumitomo as maintenance provider of the MRT-3.
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