Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said that according to TUV Rheinland’s independent audit, the 48 train cars delivered by Chinese manufacturer CRRC Dalian Co. can be used for the MRT Line 3 after some technical adjustments identified in the audit are addressed.
Secretary Tugade described the adjustments to be made as “manageable”.
“Puwede ‘ho bang mapagamit ‘yung mga tren? Ang sagot, base doon sa evaluation, doon sa audit, ipinapakita ang mga kakulangan doon sa naibigay na bagon at tren. In relation to the details of the terms of reference upon which the bid was awarded, mayroon ‘hong mga variation. May variation sa measurements, may variation sa mga timbang,” Secretary Tugade said.
“Kapag nirepaso mo ‘yung evaluation, para bang sinasabing pag ito’y naisaayos sa tamang pamamaraan, puwede mo pang magamit ‘yung bagon at tren without sacrificing the safety, the security and life of the passengers and the system,” he explained.
The transportation chief emphasized that the cost for technical adjustments should be shouldered by CRRC Dalian and not by the Philippine government.
Secretary Tugade already met with the Chairman of CRRC Dalian and its other senior representatives, as well as with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua.
DOTr said details on how CRRC Dalian will make the adjustments identified in the TUV Rheinland independent audit is targeted to be finalized before a high-level government-to-government meeting between the Philippines and China in August 20.