DOTr to Return All 48 Chinese-Made LRT Coaches Procured by Pres. Aquino

Undersecretary Cesar Chavez of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) stated that the agency will return all 48 light rail coaches worth P3.8 billion procured by the administration of former President Aquino from Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stocks Co. provided that if a third party qualifier will conclude that the trains are unusable.

DOTr already sent letters to four international certifiers asking them to study the coaches bought by the Aquino administration and determine whether they could be used by the MRT.

Undersecretary Chavez said they expect to get the analysis from international certifiers by the end of the year. He was quoted as saying "We expect the results after three months from the notice to proceed and therefore before the end of the year we will know if we will return the coaches to China,” he said.

The controversial Dalian coaches were procured under former Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya as part of the MRT3 Capacity Extension Project. The trains have been delivered to the Philippines in 2016, but not one has been used because of issues on the signaling system and compatibility.

Chavez said the option for the department is to return the coaches to China and have the supplier fix all the issues. “They have to fix them. The contract states that coaches that would be delivered should be compatible with the existing depot facilities,” he added.

The DOTr Undersecretary also revealed that out of the P3.8-billion contract cost, only P800 million have so far been paid by the Philippine government. The MRT-3 rails can carry a maximum of 48,000 kilograms (kgs), but the Dalian trains weigh heavier at 49,000 kgs per coach, which may put a strain on the rails.

DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said they are reviewing documents and currently building up cases against those involved in the fiasco.

“We should learn a lesson from this. This is about who should be accountable. We should file cases against those people,” said Poe, who heads the Senate committee on public services.

Source: PIA

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