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Old December 8th, 2010, 07:51 AM   #761
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this is some major farck up.

people of the Philippines, where is the outrage? is anyone going to be held responsible for the repeated "inquires/audits" while the project suffers subsequent delays and price increase?
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It is simply because of the sustained efforts of some people to derail the project and to nail down the previous president that's why they can't come out because they themselves are the problem.
well said, both of you... another populist move by the incumbent, imo... always trying to put the projects of the previous administration in a bad light... to be fair though, he has said that they won't totally cancel the deal, but instead try to renegotiate--to reduce the total cost i assume...

btw, mingrady, you from China?? what do you know about CNMEG?? is it a good company?? i'm just wondering... i wanna know what trains we expecting here...
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Old December 8th, 2010, 11:02 AM   #762
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what do you know about CNMEG?? is it a good company?? i'm just wondering... i wanna know what trains we expecting here...
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With approval of the State Council, China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH) was established in January 1997. SINOMACH is a large scale, state-owned enterprise group under the supervision of the State Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

SINOMACH has the most diversified business coverage, a complete business chain, and the strongest R&D capabilities in China’s machinery industry. Under its portfolio, there are 50 wholly owned and holding subsidiaries, including 6 listed companies and more than 70 overseas offices and branches. There are close to 80,000 employees working for SINOMACH around the world. For years, SINOMACH has sustained over 30% annual growth, with main business revenue reaching 15 billion US$ in 2009.

Main businesses of SINOMACH focus on R&D and manufacture of machinery and equipment, project contracting, trade and services. Its service covers a wide range of key national economic sectors including industry, agriculture, communication and transportation, energy, building, light industries, automobile, ship-building, mining, metallurgy and aerospace industries. SINOMACH has provided professional services for over 140 countries and regions around the world.

SINOMACH is remarkably strong in the resource integration and utilization. With the great R&D strength, world-wide sales and marketing networks and rhe sound capital backup and project financing capacities. SINOMACH has fostered complete industrial chains covering the engineering design, R&D, manufacturing, the system integration, the supply of complete sets of large equipment, the export and international project contracting. These endow SINOMACH with unique industrial values and market competitive edges.

In the area of R&D and manufacture of machinery and equipment, SINOMACH is the largest specialized manufacturer of agricultural, forestry and geological equipment as well as one of the most important manufacturers for construction machinery. A great number of brand products have been sold far and wide in the world, with the excellent market acceptance. SINOMACH also possesses strong capabilities in R&D and system integration in areas such as the heavy machinery, the power plant equipment, the petrochemical and the general purpose machinery and equipment, machine tools, the auto engineering and environmental protection. It has provided a great number of equipment and technologies of significant influences to a variety of markets both at home and abroad.

As a world famous international project contractor, SINOMACH was ranked No. 28 among the Top 225 Global Contractors and No. 77 among the Top 200 International Design Firms by ENR in 2009. It has wide-ranging influences in the industry and occupies an important market position in many countries and regions in Asia, Africa, South America and Oceania.
In the area of trade services, SINOMACH serves as a vital link between China’s machinery industry and the world market by introducing advanced equipment and technologies from abroad and exporting Chinese-made machinery and equipment to the overseas market. It’s also one of the largest distributors and service providers for auto products.

Great efforts have been exerted by SINOMACH in undertaking social responsibilities and paying back to the society, as well as in constant pursuit for further improvements. While adhering to its corporate philosophy of “Work Together, Win Together”, and its harmony-oriented corporate culture, SINOMACH is committed to foster an integrated multinational corporation in the machinery industry, being first class in China and well-known in the world. It aims to become a lead runner in China’s machinery industry and an active promoter in human civilization and progress.
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Old December 12th, 2010, 09:48 AM   #763
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Northrail contractor gets bigger fee for less work
By ROEL LANDINGIN, Newsbreak
12/07/2010 | 12:23 AM

Amendments in the supply contract for the North Luzon Railway (Northrail), former President Gloria Arroyo’s biggest planned infrastructure project, have increased to $1.8 billion the cost to complete the 80-kilometer rail link between Manila and Central Luzon, potentially making it the most expensive government project since the mothballed $6 billion nuclear power plant in Bataan.

In the new book The Seven Deadly Deals: Can Aquino Fix Arroyo’s Legacy of Costly and Messy Projects? Newsbreak reveals that the new figure is half a billion US dollars more than the $1.3 billion cost announced by government officials last year when they approved an increase in the cost of the project.

Apart from Northrail, the book also looks at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, the Metro Rail Transit 3, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, the collapse of the Quedan and Rural Credit Guarantee Corp., the troubled tender for Mt. Diwalwal gold-rush area, and the problems besetting the Department of National Defense procurement of military equipment.

In the Northrail case, Newsbreak reveals that the scope of work of China National Machinery and Engineering Group (CNMEG), the supply contractor for the project, was reduced even as the contract price was increased from $1.18 billion to $1.3 billion. The additional $500 million will cover items that will no longer be delivered by CNMEG but by future private sector partners and Northrail itself.

For example, the number of train stations that CNMEG will build between Caloocan City and Pampanga has been cut to from 11 to only six. The remaining five stations are expected to be built by private companies, most probably shopping mall operators. Similarly, most of the rolling stock will no longer be provided by CNMEG but by the future operations and maintenance (O&M) contractor and Northrail.

The increase in the cost to complete Northrail is one major reason why President Aquino has ordered a comprehensive technical audit of the project in preparation for moves to renegotiate the deal.

Another is that the changes in the supply contract between Northrail Corp. and CNMEG lack the proper forward budget cover, potentially making the new contract null and void.

The book quotes the new budget secretary, Florencio Abad, as saying that Northrail has not formally secured a legally binding forward budgetary cover from the Department of Budget and Management for the amended Northrail-CNMEG contract. While Arroyo and her Cabinet had decided to fund the additional costs from the budget in December 2008, that is not enough, said Abad.

EMBARRASSING PROJECT

Launched in 2004 as a great milestone in China-Philippine relations, Northrail has since become an embarrassing millstone in the necks of the two countries. Six years after it began, the project is only 15 percent complete as of end-2009 and is not likely to be finished until around 2013 at the earliest.

Lack of technical and financial preparations as well as legal challenges dogged the project, which was awarded without the benefit of a public bidding. The Senate’s attempts to investigate the project in 2005 were stalled after Arroyo issued Executive Order 464, which required department secretaries to first seek the president’s permission before appearing in legislative inquiries.

In February 2008, the project suffered its biggest setback when CNMEG unilaterally suspended construction work on the project. The Chinese firm agreed to resume work later that year only after Northrail had agreed to its demand for an increase in the contract price. The negotiations led to an amended supply contract that was approved by Arroyo and her Cabinet in late 2008 and early 2009. When the government decision was announced in March 2009, officials said the project cost merely went up from $1.18 billion to $1.3 billion.

But recent research by Newsbreak, which benefited from easier access to official documents following the change in administration in July, shows that the cost to complete the Northrail project could be as high as $1.8 billion and not just $1.3 billion because of the reduction in CNMEG’s scope of work.

The bulk of the extra costs will cover train cars and engines. Instead of delivering 62 four-car diesel multiple units (DMUs), CNMEG will just cover the purchase of an initial set of 4 eight-car DMUs while the future private operator will be bear the responsibility to acquire 30 eight-car DMUs. Northrail will also purchase 23 eight-car DMUS on the ninth year of operation.

Despite these problems, the Aquino administration is not about to scrap the amended Northrail-CNMEG contract but is instead working to renegotiate it to improve the terms, according to Jose de Jesus, the transport and communications secretary.

He said the new administration is still keen on completing the rail project which is a necessary component of plans to boost transport links between Metro Manila and Central Luzon. Diplomatic relations with China, the country’s fourth biggest source of official development assistance, is also another factor to consider, he said.

(Newsbreak’s newest book The Seven Deadly Deals: Can Aquino Fix Arroyo’s Legacy of Costly and Messy Projects? will be launched with a forum on public-private partnerships on Dec. 10, Friday, 3:00-5:30 p.m. at the Global Distance Learning Center of the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City.)


THIS IS NOT NEWS>.. JUST ISSUES FROM THE JDV ERA OF NORTHRAIL WHISTLEBLOWING>.... INQUIRER JUST SHUT UP! LET THE PROJECTS FINISH... ITS STARTED HOW the HELL can YOU RENEGOTIATE a REGNEGOTIATED CONTRACT... BITCH MEDIA
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Old December 14th, 2010, 06:22 PM   #764
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Old December 16th, 2010, 06:47 PM   #765
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As far as I know, Chinese Engineering are great. Look at the China now, there are hundreds of word class of railways and expressways are being built. They built fast, and when comes to the quality, it is excellent to other contractors. They even broke the world record in terms of infrastructures. One of the best example is the Tibet Railroad.

We should trust the Chinese Engineering Contractors, and I believe that CNMEG / SINOMACH Contractor can built butter quality of railways in our country (Philippines).

BTW, who will provide the train coaches in Northrail? is it the CNMEG / SINOMACH (China) or the PNR itself?
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 11:50 AM   #766
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pierhead 5..POUR CEMENT



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Old December 26th, 2010, 09:00 AM   #767
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Renegotiation of North Rail contract mulled
Source: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx...bCategoryId=63

By Rainier Allan Ronda (The Philippine Star) Updated December 26, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking at renegotiating the $503-million North Rail contract even as it continues with the review it started in the middle of this year.

DOTC Secretary Jose de Jesus told a news conference earlier this week that renegotiations with the Chinese proponent of the project was a possibility in view of the initial results of the ongoing review.

“We’ll be completing our review by January,” De Jesus said. “If necessary, we’ll renegotiate this project with the Chinese contractor.”

The DOTC, under De Jesus, had reassumed jurisdiction over the North Rail project from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) last July.

The administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had placed administrative jurisdiction over the North Rail project with the BCDA.

Sen. Franklin Drilon had earlier exposed an alleged overprice in the North Rail project which he said could make it the world’s most expensive railway – about $25 million per kilometer under the bidding conducted by the DOTC during the Arroyo administration.

Drilon had urged Arroyo to terminate the government’s deal with China National Machinery and Equipment Corp. (CNMEG), the contractor for the proposed 32.2-kilometer railway from Caloocan City in Metro Manila to Malolos City in Bulacan.

“It will land in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most expensive railway,” Drilon earlier bared.

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oh bakit nalipat na agad dito?hindi na ba ganong ka-active ang Northrail thread?
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Old December 30th, 2010, 08:56 AM   #776
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oh bakit nalipat na agad dito?hindi na ba ganong ka-active ang Northrail thread?
they are re-organizing the board so that it makes it easier for people looking for certain threads.. it also makes it simpler by having just one thread for every country...

Actually two threads: High Speed and Non High Speed Rail... The Northrail and PNR threads are now merged into one...

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Gov’t approves funding for rail line, airport

Gov't approves funding of the increase in the cost of the first leg of a project that will link the Northrail with the Southrail


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Gov’t approves funding for rail line, airport

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THE NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority has approved funding and additional cost for two infrastructure projects—an airport and a rail line—as efforts to promote the partnership between the public and private sectors gain steam.

The Neda board, which President Aquino chairs, has already approved the P755-million kitty for the Laguindingan airport project, as well as the increase in the cost of the first leg of a project that will link the Northrail with the Southrail (NSLP1).

The rail project cost has been jacked up to P4.16 billion, from P4.05 billion, mostly due to procurement of additional work items.

According to the Neda, the Korean Export-Import Bank (KEXIM) has earmarked P629 million to cover the cost of the airport’s navigation facility. Counterpart funding from the government will amount to P126.24 million.

Bulk of the revised project cost for the railway line will be sourced mainly from the Korean government’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) and KEXIM.

Under the railway project, the South Manila Commuter Rail will be upgraded, with Phase 1 covering the line from Caloocan City to Alabang in Muntinlupa City.

Last November, Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad told local and international investors that the government would increase funding to support public-private partnership projects (PPP).

Citing estimates from the Department of Budget and Management, Abad said projected expenditures could increase from P12.8 billion in 2011 to P49.6 billion in 2012 and P113.3 billion in 2013.

The budget chief was referring to available funding that the government could use for its priority programs, including support for PPP projects.

“Success of PPPs could be ensured by providing this fiscal space in the near-term,” he said, adding that there was lack of private interest in similar efforts in the past because the government failed to provide the necessary counterpart investments.

“We are addressing in an upfront way the reasons why private interest has been dampened. Through good governance and prudent fiscal management, we can assure private partners that the government will fulfill its part in such partnerships.”
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