Contractor defends MRT work

Posted at 06/01/2014 10:54 AM | Updated as of 06/01/2014 10:54 AM

MANILA - The local firm tasked to handle the repair and maintenance work on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) has defended its performance, saying it cannot be faulted for the system’s decrepit state.

“We had discovered a lot of problems in the various systems because of the many poor maintenance practices of the previous long-time maintenance contractor Sumitomo-TESP (TES Philippines),” Roehl Bacar, president of CB&T Philippines, alleged.

CB&T leads the joint venture consortium that bagged the contract to repair and maintain the MRT along EDSA on an interim basis from October 2012 to August 2013.

He told The STAR they discovered the system’s poor condition shortly after assuming the role of interim maintenance contractor on Oct. 20, 2012.

Kiyoshi Morita, formerly TESP president and now president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Philippines, told The STAR in April that TESP had been out of the picture for years and could not be blamed for the MRT’s operational woes.

“That was two years ago,” he said. He declined further comment.

MANILA, Philippines - The local firm tasked to handle the repair and maintenance work on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) has defended its performance, saying it cannot be faulted for the system’s decrepit state.

“We had discovered a lot of problems in the various systems because of the many poor maintenance practices of the previous long-time maintenance contractor Sumitomo-TESP (TES Philippines),” Roehl Bacar, president of CB&T Philippines, alleged.

CB&T leads the joint venture consortium that bagged the contract to repair and maintain the MRT along EDSA on an interim basis from October 2012 to August 2013.

He told The STAR they discovered the system’s poor condition shortly after assuming the role of interim maintenance contractor on Oct. 20, 2012.

Kiyoshi Morita, formerly TESP president and now president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Philippines, told The STAR in April that TESP had been out of the picture for years and could not be blamed for the MRT’s operational woes.

“That was two years ago,” he said. He declined further comment.