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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The DOTC announced that there are no bidders for MRT3 maintenance provider last 20th of January 2015, the second bidding. The same thing had happened on Oct. 28, 2014, the first bidding. The LRT-1 bidding failed earlier, Oct. 24. So did the one for LRT-2 only last Dec. 23.

The DOTC will accept direct negotiation with other company instead? Or, with the failed MRT-3 bidding, DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya indefinitely can retain the joint venture of Global-APT (Global Epcom and Autre Porte Technique) - the present contractors will be extended month-to-month. That means continued sloppy upkeep of MRT-3, and spare parts shortage at LRT-1 and -2. Why?

It would be month-to-month for P57 million, for as long as he wishes? This is another issue for Jun Abaya if his critics will pursue such decision. Likewise, I think, the Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya is always ready to answer their doubts because he strategized every step in building the planned moves.

Of all the immediate concern for MRT3 commuters is safe travel on the trains from point and point B and over the past few months, the system has drawn criticism for recurrent breakdowns due to mechanical glitches. Last August MRT-3 was forced to suspend operations due to mechanical and communication failures. The 15-year-old MRT has been plagued by technical problems and overcrowding.

The worst of these train service disruptions, due to maintenance shortfalls, took place, with the derailment of a southbound train that sent almost 40 people to hospital for injuries. Passenger safety has come off as the more critical issue plaguing the elevated railways system than the source of subsidies for the entire system. It involves life and death while continuing its operation.

While the government unilaterally raised metro train fares by 50-80 percent, with no upgrade in service or facilities. Majority of the people doubting this fare increases would be siphoned into a huge pork barrel fund to finance public works projects through such schemes as the Disbursement Acceleration Program rather than to improve in the metro rail system to make it more efficient and safer for commuters to travel between their homes and jobs?

Some bidders complained about the strict requirements of DOTC which is impossible to attain. Others find the bidding as a ploy of DOTC Secretary so that no bidders will truthfully abide by it that Global-APT (Global Epcom and Autre Porte Technique) continues as the maintenance provider. What really amazed them is that, the people behind this APT-Global are members of Liberal Party.

Then, suddenly, he implemented the treacherous MRT-LRT fare increase just to justify or hastens the move for government side. Waves of disappointments were felt by the train commuters and supporters who demanded for development first before increasing the fare; supposedly for DOTC Secretary to propel the entire financial status of this endeavor in eliminating such drastic move. Devising the amount to be used in 2015 budget’s being evaluated and studied the projected subsidies.

Others doubted his planned moves as the way to expedite an amount to be used this coming 2016 election?

Majority of Filipinos are hoping for them to show that the government decisions now still can give the positive results for their lives.


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