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No takers for MRT maintenance contract

Bidders have snubbed for the second time a P2.4-billion, three-year contract to maintain the busy Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

DOTC said no group had submitted bids when the deadline passed Tuesday, even after the government revised parts of the contract. The first bidding round held in October 2014 also drew no bidders, the agency’s bids and awards committee (BAC) earlier disclosed.

“The BAC will have to declare a failure of bid and conduct a mandatory review in accordance with rules, to determine what further adjustments should be made in order to make the project acceptable to interested groups.As many as five groups acquired bid documents during the initial bidding round, including South Korea’s Busan Metro, Mosa-Inekon and a unit of DMCI Holdings Inc. Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Fare Increase

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To ride or Not to ride now that LRT / MRT fare has risen. Well it’s your Choice! It’s the kind of Game that the Government have to Play perpetuated by Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC)

This is terrible- hike fares when services leave much to be desired. Why should commuters who are dependent upon the rail system be required to pay more? There is not even a mild corresponding improvement in services? If anything, the reverse should happen: fares should go down! Once again, the government is making a fool of the riding public. There is no logic or sense for the increase, except, perhaps, to fund some ghost projects. Continue reading

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Visit Bohol 2015

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A taste of bountiful Bohol at the Bohol Travel Fair—The first Bohol Travel Fair opened today at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City amid simple yet meaningful ceremonies. The 3-day event, which runs today until January 11, 2015, serves to kickstart the province’s Visit Bohol 2015 tourism campaign, which hopes to lure local and foreign tourists, including businessmen, back to the province to explore its beauty and natural splendor and be part of its growing economy. Continue reading