THE Philippines has awarded the fifth out of seven maintenance contracts for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) to a joint venture formed by a German firm and a Filipino company.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has awarded a P131.28-million, six-month contract, to Schunk Bahn-und Industrietechnik GmbH and Comm Builders and Technology Phils. Corp. (SBICB&T).
SBI is a Germany-based original equipment manufacturer of power transmission railway equipment, while CB&T is a Filipino firm that also belongs to the joint venture that is presently maintaining the Light Rail Transit Line 1 system.
SBI-CB&T will assume the maintenance works for the MRT-3 trains, signaling system and depot equipment starting July 5, the DOTC said in a statement.
The department said last week that the prototype of the 48 new train coaches will arrive by mid-August, which sets in motion delivery of three train coaches a month starting at the end of January 2016 until the delivery of the 48 trains is completed.
The DOTC also announced earlier that the first batch of the railway’s conveyance system, covering 12 escalators, will be rehabilitated by a new contractor within the next 6 months while the refurbishment of the remaining 34 escalators and 32 elevators is also up for bidding.
There are still two MRT-3 maintenance contracts to be awarded, one on the power supply and overhead catenary system, the other on the conveyance systems.
The four contracts that were already awarded include the six-month maintenance of rail tracks and permanent ways won by the Jorgman-Korail-Erin Marty JV. The buildings and facilities contract was given to Global Epcom Services Inc., while the communication systems contract went to Trilink Technologies Inc., and the ticketing systems contract to Future Logic Corp.
The seven maintenance contracts for MRT3 arose after the DOTC failed in two attempts to bid out a long-term maintenance contract, leading the Government Procurement Policy Board to allow the department the leeway to proceed with an alternative mode of procurement on the basis of specific maintenance works for the mass transit system.