CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: Passengers inside an MRT coach on a rush hour ride
MANILA, Philippines – Though there are issues between the Office of the Ombudsman and the Executive branch, Malacañang believes that the proceedings on the charges filed against former Cabinet officials allegedly involved in the questionable contract with the MRT maintenance provider will swiftly bring results.
Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said it is possible that the ombudsman will immediately investigate on the matter because of frequent glitches affecting the riding public.
“I am hoping that because there are already formal complaints, the process will be fast. I understand the Ombudsman has the duty to investigate even on its own and even on the basis of anonymous complaints,” Roque said.
Aside from this, Malacañang added that DOTr is doing everything it can to rehabilitate and improve the services of MRT.
These include procurement of reliable service contractor, building of new rails, obtaining new train cars and signaling system.
Auditing within the MRT is also continuous to ensure the safety if the commuters.
“We’re crying for a solution and we’re crying for a quick solution and I’m sure that Secretary Tugade and Usec. Chavez are really taking all the necessary steps. You have to understand, this is also a legal quicksand with signed contracts,” said Roque.
Meanwhile, Roque plans to take a ride on MRT once a week to personally experience the MRT problems and complain to MRT management should he encounter one. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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