Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez on Thursday said that he will be tendering his irrevocable resignation following the series of blunders faced the Metro Rail Transit system.
In a media briefing on Thursday, Chavez explained that out of the 72 train cars the MRT has, only 65 are operational. The seven other train cars, according to Chavez were emptied of its needed materials.
“May 72 tayo, bawasan mo ng pito, yan na lang ang inaayos natin, 65. Ito po totally cannibalized, wala na pong kalamanlaman maliban doon sa bagon,” said Chavez.
The DOTr Undersecretary also quoted the recent statement of President Rodrigo Duterte that there should be no excuses in being a public servant.
“Mr. President, you are correct there should be no excuses. Sa totoo niyan, makailang beses na ako humingi ng paumanhin sa publiko, sa maraming interviews.”
Chavez before tendering his resignation, explained that he would like to give the President and DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade the chance to appoint a new official to better manage the MRT.
“Sa tingin ko may magagawa pa, mas marami pang magagawa. Nais ko bigyan ng pagkakataon ang ating pangulo and ating secretary na magkaroon ng pagkakataon na tignan ulit ang management ng MRT – 3,” said Chavez.
“In my seven years in the rail sector under two presidents, President Arroyo and President Duterte, I learned something; spare parts and management are replaceable. Kung hindi nakakabili ng spare parts may aberya, kung kulang ang performance ng management nagkakaproblema. I am tendering my irevoclable resignation,” he added.
Chavez also cited the recent incidents wherein a woman’s arm was decapitated due to an accident as well as the decoupling of two train cars which forced commuters to walk on the tracks.