Bombardier inks agreement with Philippine transportation department


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Canadian-based Bombardier Transportation has forged a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the procurement of original equipment manufacturing (OEM) signalling spare parts and maintenance as part of the rehabilitation program of MRT-3.

Bombardier is the company that designed, supplied, commissioned, and maintained the MRT-3 signaling system for its first 12 years of operation. It is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and proprietary rights owner of the Cityflo 250 Light Rail and Metro Signaling Solution, which is the signalling system used in the MRT-3 system.

Under the MOU, the DOTr will procure an OEM signalling spare parts and a two-year signalling maintenance contract from Bombardier via direct contracting and emergency procurement under the Philippine Government Procurement Reform Act.

The MOU comes after the system’s previous maintenance service providers failed to purchase and maintain a sufficient inventory of OEM signalling spare parts; purchased and installed non-OEM parts; and failed to adequately maintain, renew, and upgrade MRT-3’s signalling system.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said: “We want to be sure that we get the right spare parts and maintain the system right. Bombardier‘s track record is exceptional and we are directly dealing with them.”

Secretary Tugade noted that the most frequent causes of MRT-3 breakdowns are signalling-related issues. MRT-3’s signaling system was not upgraded and maintained properly, he added.



Philippine food products attract foreign buers

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Banana chips, canned tuna, spices, coconut, dried mango and seasonings are some of the Philippine food products that had attracted foreign buyers during the recent Anuga international food and beverage fair in Germany.

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) reported that most of the foreign buyers prefer Philippine foods because of their good quality, taste, texture and natural color.

CITEM said price was not really an issue as the quality of the products was what important to them. However, Philippine food products were a little bit expensive compared to other Asian food products.

Foreign buyers were also interested in other Philippine food products such as fresh fruits like mango, banana and pineapple, pangasius, tilapia and avocado powder.

“The packaging design should not be so colorful because it makes them look cheap, while the materials of the packaging should be eco-friendly, the most acceptable packaging in Europe and in other countries as well since most countries prefer natural, organic, and healthy products,” says CITEM.