Thu. May 26th, 2022

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte believes that technical glitches are now “a thing of the past” following the inauguration of the newly-rehabilitated Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3.

The MRT-3 rehabilitation project, which started in May 2019 and was completed in December 2021, aims to restore the MRT-3 to its high-grade design condition.

The project costed P17.30 billion given last November 2018 by the Japanese people through the Official Development Assistance via JICA.

Duterte emphasized the need for urgent response to challenges that confront Filipinos daily, noting that he is determined to keep championing programs and projects for greater public interest with “no more room for laxity and complacency”.

The president also congratulated the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for realizing its commitment to improving service delivery, especially after the completed the comprehensive rehabilitation of the MRT-3 with the help of private partners.

“Our train system would have not returned to its original hybrid condition without the technical competencies and professional aid of our service providers,” he said.

The MRT-3 rehabilitation project was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) while the rehabilitation and upgrade were undertaken by its original contractor and maintenance provider, Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Senator Christopher Bong Go was among the key public officials who witnessed Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) Rehabilitation Completion Ceremony together with the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, and officials of the Department of Transportation, Philippine National Railways, Japan International Cooperation Agency and other dignitaries.

The senator said, “Because of this rehabilitation, ang travel time mula sa North Edsa Station hanggang Taft Avenue Station ay napaikli from 75 to 45 minutes because the trains can now go 60 km mula sa dating 25km per hour.

Bukod pa rito, ang bilang ng tren ay nadagdagan na sa 18-22 trains, from a low of 12 to 15 operating units, Go added, “The waiting time between trains has also been reduced from a high of eight to 10 minutes, down to as low as 3.5 minutes.”

Meanwhile, President Duterte announced that the public will receive free MRT-3 rides from March 28 to April 30, 2022.

In his prerecorded Talk to the People aired on Tuesday, Duterte urged the public to take the MRT, Light Rail Transit (LRT), or bus to get around Metro Manila amid inflated oil prices.

“You better learn from our practice now to ride itong mga (these) MRT, LRT because that is — that would be the single functional move — to use to move people from one place to another, or from one point to another,” he said. (PNA)

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