A video showing MRT-3 passengers using their umbrellas to protect themselves from water dripping from the train's ceiling went viral on social media.
Facebook screengrab/Giselle Visitacion Tolosa
MRT apologizes for leak in train
(Philstar.com) - August 8, 2018 - 9:40am

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 on Wednesday apologized after passengers were forced to use their umbrellas while water was leaking from the ceiling.

In a video posted by Facebook user Giselle Visitacion Tolosa on Tuesday, several passengers in the train coach allotted for women, children and persons with disability can be seen using their umbrellas to protect themselves from water dripping from the ceiling.

The MRT-3 said the leak was brought about by the airconditioning unit (ACU), which was supposed to be replaced two years ago.

The train system's aircon units were last replaced in 2008 as part of its first general overhaul since it started operating in 2000.

"General overhaul is due every [eight] years, meaning the ACUs were supposed to be replaced as part of the system's [second] general overhaul due to have been completed in 2016," the MRT-3 said in a statement.

Since the Department of Transportation has terminated the MRT's previous maintenance provider in November 2017, only three out of 72 train cars have been overhauled.

The MRT-3, however, assured the public that brand new aircon units from its original equipment manufacturer will arrive this month.

"Considering the importance of ACUs for passenger convenience, ACUs from original equipment manufacturer are among the components that were already procured by MRT-3s' transition team earlier this year," it said. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

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