Politiko VisMin | November 8, 2017

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said the best option for the government is to privatize the entire operation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 after the Department of Transportation terminated the maintenance contract with Busan Universal Railway Inc. (BURI).

"I still maintain that the best option is to totally privatize the MRT3 to make it more efficient," he said.

In the meantime, Evardone said the DOTr should allay the public's concerns about the operation of the MRT.

"The question is: Are there competent technical people that can immediately take over the maintenance of MRT3? Second, how long can the government procure all the necessary parts needed to maintain MRT 3 given the very tedious procurement process under Republic Act 9184, or the procurement law," he said.

Evardone said he hopes that the DOTr will be able to convince the public that with the termination of the maintenance contract, the MRT 3 services will substantially improve to alleviate the plight of the riding public.