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Anakpawis to DOTr: Don’t bid out MRT3 maintenance contract anymore

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In reaction to the Department of Transportation’s latest decision to finally terminate the Metro Rail Transit‘s maintenance contract with the Busan Universal Railway Inc. (BURI), Anakpawis partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao urged the government to assume the task of maintaining the transport system, rather than bidding it out again to another private contractor.

“It is long overdue, it is not enough to terminate the contract with Buri, but also to hold them accountable for the unacceptable deterioration of the MRT system, that affected and endangered hundreds of thousands of the commuting public,” Casilao said in a statement.

He also said that the government should immediately stop paying BURI and demand to return payments paid by the government as it “clearly failed to deliver decent service based on its contract.”

“While other foreign monopoly firms are expressing interest of contracting with the MRT maintenance, the government should uphold public interest and rid out of profiteering that leads to cost-cutting, so as to improve and effectively render services to the commuters,” he added.

Casilao said that if the DOTr continues to carry out the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) framework on the MRT, contractors such as BURI could still continue to profit from the system.