Metro Manila — Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade insisted that the cost for technical adjustments relating to the 48 train cars from CRRC Dalian Co. of China should be shouldered by CRRC Dalian, and not by the Philippine government.
This was stated by Secretary Tugade after he met with the Chairman of CRRC Dalian and other senior representatives, as well as with Ambassador Zhao Jianhua of China. During the meeting with CRRC Dalian, the results of the Independent Audit and Assessment by TUV Rheinland were discussed.
"Puwede 'ho bang mapagamit 'yung mga tren? Ang sagot, base doon sa evaluation, doon sa audit, ipinapakita ang mga kakulangan doon sa naibigay na bagon at tren. In relation to the details of the terms of reference upon which the bid was awarded, mayroon 'hong mga variation. May variation sa measurements, may variation sa mga timbang," said Tugade.
Secretary Tugade also mentioned, however, that based on TUV Rheinland's independent audit, the Dalian trains can still be used if the adjustments identified in the audit are addressed. "Kapag nirepaso mo 'yung evaluation, para bang sinasabing pag ito'y naisaayos sa tamang pamamaraan, puwede mo pang magamit 'yung bagon at tren without sacrificing the safety, the security and life of the passengers and the system," he said.
As to how much works need to be done on the Dalian trains, Secretary Tugade answered: "one word – manageable."
"Dahil doon sa pag-uusap na iyon, nagkasundo 'ho na kung may mga dapat gawin at dapat lamang na gawin, kung gusto natin gamitin, lahat 'ho ng gastusin na iyon ay a-absorb-in ng Dalian without a single cent of expense from the Philippine government," Secretary Tugade added.
Details on how CRRC Dalian will make the adjustments identified in the TUV Rheinland independent audit is targeted to be finalized before a high-level government-to-government meeting between the Philippines and China in August 20.
TUV Rheinland is a German company established in 1872. It is an ISO 17020 and 17065 certified firm (it is a certified certifier) and is one of the largest members of the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA). TUV Rheinland has independently audited 2,353 train cars, 762-km of railways, across more than 50 projects.