THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has awarded the P61.48-million maintenance contracts for four of seven components of the problematic Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

The maintenance contracts cover a 6-month period beginning on July 5 this year and are intended to fulfill the MRT-3's daily operating requirements until the longer-term maintenance provided is procured, DOTC said.

The four components include rail tracks and permanent ways with contract amount of P23.9 million; buildings and facilities, P23.35 million; communications systems, P7.28 million; and ticketing, P6.95 million.

The DOTC said that it has twice bid out the 3-year maintenance contract - once in September 2014 and again in January 2015.

But it said that both auctions failed due to the non-participation of potential bidders.

The DOTC is now seeking the approval of the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) to pursue an alternative mode of procurement for the 3-year maintenance deal.

The four new maintenance providers, namely Jorgman-Korail- Erin Marty Joint Venture, Global Epcom Services, Inc., Trilink Technologies, Inc., and Future Logic Corporation, were procured via a multi-disciplinary approach, through which the DOTC is engaging sub-contractors directly for the maintenance works.

The three other systems that were yet to be procured were the rolling stocks and depot equipment, power supply and overhead catenary system, and conveyance systems. (SDR/Sunnex)