DOTC: New MRT maintenance provider by January 2016
After 10,000 years
(SPOT.ph) The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is now looking for a new long-term maintenance contractor.
The "emergency procurement" is due to the urgent need and pursuant to Republic Act No. 9184, according to a statement released in the DOTC website. "We were given the go signal by the GPPB [Government Procurement Policy Board ] last [sic] to pursue this mode of negotiated procurement. We're targeting to award the contract within the year, and to have the new maintenance provider begin its services in January next year," said DOTC Sec. Jun Abaya.
In its request, the DOTC cited the immediate need for a three-year maintenance provider due to the detrimental state of the MRT, as well as a general overhaul of the trains, replacement of tracks, and improvement of the signaling system.
The deal is expected to cost around P4.25 billion.
The DOTC said it requested seven multi-discipline railway contractors to ensure that all participants will not be "non- or underqualified," and held talks with the said groups last week.
The MRT is one of the major transportation systems in Metro Manila, accommodating around 600,000 passengers every day, which is far beyond its 350,000 capacity.
In May, it was reported that only eight out of 20 trains are working, making the MRT infamous for its long lines and claustrophobia-inducing trips, which, from time to time, would also succumb to complete failure, resulting in passengers having to walk alongside its tracks.