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DOTr & Jica mobilizing new MRT-3 maintenance provider

The Philippine government, together with Japan, are working together to speed up the rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3).

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) last May 11, 2018 signed the Minutes of Discussion for the Appraisal Mission for the Japan-financed MRT-3 Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project, where details on estimate project cost, scope of works, and schedule have been finalized.

The Appraisal Mission was conducted over the course of last week through thorough technical discussions between officials of Jica and DOTr. Based on the discussions, the Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project of MRT-3 will take 43 months: 31 months for the simultaneous rehabilitation and maintenance works to restore MRT-3 to its original design condition and capacity, and 12 months for the defect liability period.

The scope of works of the Project, with cost estimated at ¥34.480 billion (R16.985 billion), will cover the MRT-3’s trains, power supply system, overhead catenary system, radio system, CCTV system, PABX public address system, signaling system, rail tracks, road rail vehicles, depot equipment, elevators and escalators, and other station building equipment.

DOTr and Jica have also agreed to commit to best environmental management practices and social considerations through the procurement of a Supervision Consultant who will facilitate the implementation of an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and an Environmental Monitoring Plan (EMoP).

To ensure the project’s sustainability, the Supervision Consultant shall also draft and institutionalize new MRT-3 manuals that will update methodologies on appropriate asset management, project monitoring and supervision, and operations and maintenance activities.

After completing the Appraisal Mission, DOTr and Japan will now move on to signing of the loan agreement and the mobilization of the new maintenance and rehabilitation provider for MRT-3, which is targeted this June, 2018.

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