March 1, 2017
NANCY WANTS SENATE TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED DEFECTS IN MRT-3'S NEW COACHES
Senator Nancy Binay filed proposed Senate Resolution 304 urging the Senate to look into the alleged dysfunctional and defective new coaches of the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) system.
"An inquiry to this matter is necessary in order to improve the MRT's provision of safe and efficient public transport to thousands of Filipinos everyday," Binay said.
According to news reports, the new MRT coaches were not working and 12 of them had cracks.
"Kung totoo nga, bagong pahirap na naman ito sa ating mga commuters dahil maaantala lalo ang introduction to service ng mga tren," Binay said.
"Kailangan nating tiyakin na safe ang mga pasahero at magiging efficient ang operasyon ng MRT dahil marami ang sumasakay rito araw-araw," she added.
The new coaches were part of the 48 bought from the Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corp. for P3.8 billion in 2013 by the then Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).
The delivery of the new coaches started in January 2016, three months after the original October 2015 schedule.
"Delayed na nga ang delivery ng mga coaches na ito, na dapat sana ay pamalit sa mga lumang coaches na prone na sa breakdowns," Binay said.
Binay also decried the reported delays in the existing MRT service due to breakdowns in the present system.
"Kahapon ng umaga ay may naiulat na breakdown ng MRT na kung saan umabot na sa kalsada ang pila ng mga commuters na naghihintay na makasakay," Binay said.
"Noong October 2016 ay dalawang oras na nawalan ng serbisyo ng MRT dahil sa communication at power supply problem. Noong December naman, dahil daw sa technical problem," Binay added.
The lady senator said that breakdowns in the MRT service have an impact on the country's economy.
"Ang nawawalang oras ng ating mga empleyado dahil lamang sa breakdowns ng MRT ay kawalan din ng productivity sa ating mga kumpanya," Binay said.
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