The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Canada-based company Bombardier for the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) signalling spare parts and maintenance of MRT-3. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the MOU with Bombardier officials together with Canadian Ambassador John Holmes.
“Bombardier is the company that designed, supplied, commissioned, and maintained the MRT-3 signaling system for its first 12 years of operations. Bombardier is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and proprietary rights owner of the Cityflo 250 Light Rail and Metro Signaling Solution, which is the signaling system used in the MRT-3 system,” DOTr said.
“Under the MOU, the DOTr will procure an OEM signaling spare parts and 2-year signaling maintenance contract from Bombardier via direct contracting and emergency procurement, pursuant to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act,” it added.
“For years, among the top 3 most frequent causes of MRT-3 breakdowns are signaling-related issues. For years, non-OEM signaling spare parts were used and installed, in an effort to save on costs and increase profit at the expense of MRT-3’s safety and reliability. For years, MRT-3’s signaling system was not maintained properly, and was not upgraded when due. That is why this time, we want to be sure that we get the right spare parts and that we maintain the system right. Bombardier‘s track record is exceptional. They are the original manufacturer of MRT-3’s signaling system, and we are directly dealing with Bombardier, not a JV, not a consortium, not any middleman,” said Tugade.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1044937368978732; https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1044988802306922