Publish Date : 6/28/2017 2:50:51 PM
Local government units (LGUs) have gathered together with unison of voice in expressing their unwavering support and commitment for the construction of the Manila-Clark Railway.
In a successful station marking activity on Monday, local leaders in the City Governments of Marilao, Meycauayan, Valenzuela, Caloocan, and Manila showed their appreciation for the “much-anticipated” and “long-overdue” construction of the rail line, which took more than 12 years and three administrations before gaining actual momentum through the Duterte Administration’s BUILD BUILD BUILD infrastructure flagship program.
“[We are] gathered here not to celebrate but to make a pact that as we want to finish this project, you all are here to give us the needed support so that we finish this project. We have been waiting for this project for more than 12 years. Now, you have a President, a no non-sense performer. You have a no non-sense cabinet. Wala pong bahid pulitika. Now, we are ready to put into a reality a dream that has been there for many years. Give us your trust and confidence. Give us your prayers,” says Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade who led the station markings in all five locations.
Despite differing partisan leanings, LGU leaders are unanimous in their approval on the necessity of constructing the rail line, citing the development it will potentially spur.
“Taos-puso kaming nagpapasalamat na kahit isang maliit na bayan ay nalagyan ng ganitong istasyon—isa sa mga susi sa lahat ng aspeto ng [kabuhayan] ng ating mamamayan,” says Mayor Juanito Santiago of Marilao, Bulacan.
“Bagaman ako ay nasa oposisyon, nais ko pong sabihin sa inyo na buong-buo po ang aking suporta sa proyektong ito,” says Caloocan 2nd District Representative Edgar Erice.
Composed of 17 stations connecting Manila to Central Luzon, the 106-km elevated Manila-Clark railway project is expected to accommodate around 350,000 passengers on its opening year, and shall commence on the last quarter of 2017 through Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding from Japan.
The construction of the first phase covering the end-point station of Tutuban in Manila going to Malolos in Bulacan is estimated to cost around Php105-billion, while the remaining stations
included in the second phase linking Malolos to the New Clark City in Tarlac would cost around Php211-billion, with a total project cost of Php316-billion.
During the station marking event, Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa gave the assurance in behalf of the Japanese government that they shall continue to provide the necessary assistance to the Philippine government for the completion of the project.
“While the Philippines is keen to BUILD, BUILD, BUILD, the Japanese government will be here to ASSIST, ASSIST, ASSIST,” Ambassador Ishikawa said.
Secretaries of the Department of Budget and Management, Department of Public Works and Highways, National Economic Development Authority, Bases Conversion and Development Authority, and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority also attended the event to express their support and commitment to support the project until completion.
Aside from the Manila-Clark railway project, Japan will likewise fund the Manila-Los Baños segment as part of the North-South Commuter Railway Project. China, on the other hand, is keen to fund the Php151-billion, 581 km. railway (known as the PNR South Long Haul) that will connect Matnog in Sosogon, and Batangas to the National Capital Region.
Publish Date : 6/28/2017 8:18:56 AM
Metro Manila --- Two priority railway projects of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has been approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).
The NEDA Board approved yesterday the Phase 2 of the PNR Manila – Clark Railway Project and Phase 1 of the Mindanao Railway Project (Tagum-Davao-Digos segment). Part of the Build Build Build Infrastructure Program of the Duterte administration, the two railway projects are seen to decentralize economic activity and spread gains in the peripheries of Metro Manila all the way to the island of Mindanao.
Phase 2 of the PNR North Project, which refers to the Malolos – Clark line, will cost PHP211.4-Billion and will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency via the Official Development Assistance platform. The 68.7-km line will have a total of seven stations from Malolos all the way to New Clark City. It will use the existing PNR alignment but will be elevated, electrified, and mostly run on dual tracks.
The Malolos-Clark segment is part of the entire 106-kilometer PNR North Project which starts in Tutuban, Manila. The entire alignment will have a total of 17 stations, five of which have been marked in a station marking ceremony last June 26. Construction will begin by the fourth quarter of this year.
In an effort to connect key cities in the country, PNR North is designed to be interoperable with the PNR South Commuter Line from Manila to Los Baños, Laguna.
“We have been waiting for this project for more than 12 years. Now, you have a President, a no non-sense performer. You have a no non-sense cabinet. Wala pong bahid pulitika. Now, we are ready to put into a reality a dream that has been there for many years,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said during the Station Marking event.
Another priority project of the Duterte administration is the Mindanao Railway, the first rail system outside Luzon. Phase 1 is a 102-kilometer alignment connecting Tagum, Davao Del Norte – Davao City – Digos, Davao Del Sur. It will have eight stations: Tagum, Carmen, Panabo, Mudiang, Davao Terminal, Toril, Sta. Cruz, and Digos. The project will cost PHP35.257-Billion via general appropriations. Phase 1 will begin construction by the third quarter of 2018.
Once completed, the entire Mindanao Railway System will run for a total of 1,532-km, connecting Davao provinces, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, and Zamboanga. The Mindanao Railway is expected to spur genuine growth and development in the region.
The DOTr targets to build and operate 1,500 kilometers of railways nationwide before the end of the term of President Duterte.
Publish Date : 6/26/2017 5:59:27 AM
Metro Manila --- The PNR North or Manila-Clark Railway Project, a 106-kilometer line connecting Manila to Central Luzon will tremendously cut down travel time by as much as 70 percent.
With this railway project, you can travel from Tutuban, Manila to Clark, Pampanga in under an hour or 55 minutes, a significant reduction from the current 2-3 hours travel time. The rail line will have a total of 17 stations, five of which were marked in a station marking event early today. The stations will run from Tutuban passing through Marilao and Malolos and all the way to the Clark International Airport and the proposed New Clark City in Tarlac.
This will be the first time that a commuter rail project will be extended to Central Luzon. This project is expected to decongest Metro Manila and spur development in the peripheries of Metro Manila.
“We hope to finish the term of President Duterte with at least 1,000 kilometers of railway system all over the country,” said Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade.
The PNR North railway project is one of the 61 infrastructure projects under the Build Build Build program of the Duterte administration. It will begin construction later this year and targeted for completion in 2021. It is designed to accommodate 350,000 passengers daily on its opening year.
Other rail projects include PNR South (Manila – Los Baños – Bicol) and Mindanao Railway. MRT-7, LRT-2 East Extension, and LRT-1 Cavite Extension projects are all undergoing construction.
Publish Date : 6/25/2017 5:55:59 AM
Metro Manila --- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will lead tomorrow the Station Marking of five (5) stations of the Manila-Clark Railway Project, the line that will connect Manila to Central Luzon.
The 106-km railway project that will run from Tutuban, Manila to Clark, Pampanga is among the high-impact projects of President Rodrigo Duterte under the government's 'Build Build Build' infrastructure program. Five of the 17 stations will be marked in a ceremony: Marilao and Meycauayan in Bulacan, Valenzuela, Caloocan, and Tutuban in Metro Manila.
"Itong malaking proyektong ito, dati ay usap-usapan lang. Ngunit sa administrasyong Duterte, gagawin natin itong katotohanan," DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said. “For the first time, a rail project will connect Manila to Central Luzon and it will be completed under the Duterte administration.”
With this rail project, the 2-hour travel time from Manila to Clark will be cut down to just 55 minutes. The rail system stands to benefit 350,000 passengers daily on its first year of operations.
Apart from the marked stations, the 12 other stations are: Solis, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Malolos, Calumpit, Apalit, San Fernando, Angeles, Clark, Clark International Airport, and the proposed New Clark City in Pampanga.
Philippine National Railways (PNR) General Manager Junn Magno said the project is seen to decongest Metro Manila and spread economic gains throughout the country.
“This project will ease traffic congestion and help thousands of commuters coming from Bulacan and Pampanga who travel daily to their workplaces or schools in Metro Manila,” Magno said.
According to the DOTr, the project will start construction in the last quarter of 2017 and will be completed by the last quarter of 2021. The project costs PHP 255-Billion and will be funded through Official Development Assistance (ODA) from Japan. The whole line will have 13 train sets with eight cars or coaches per train set. Each train can reach a maximum speed of 120 km per hour.
Heads of infrastructure agencies, economic managers, and concerned local government chiefs were present at the station marking event.
Publish Date : 6/16/2017 12:53:47 PM
Metro Manila --- The Metro Manila Subway Project may be an ambitious undertaking, but it is moving forward.
At the seventh Steering Committee Meeting presided by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade last week, partners from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) presented updates on the Feasibility Study being conducted on the Metro Manila Subway Project.
Among the issues discussed were timelines, alignment, and organizational arrangements. Sec. Tugade reiterated his directive that he wants the project to be operational before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.
“I don’t want bola-bola. I want this project finished,” Tugade said.
Apart from fast-tracking the project, he also proposed for the subway to extend all the way to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
"I need to have that connectivity. I have a big problem with NAIA because of the projected increase in volume of passengers," he said.
The subway alignment originally has 13 stations, starting from Mindanao Avenue and ending at FTI Taguig. This is seen to cut travel time from Quezon City to Taguig to just 31 minutes.
Sec. Tugade also proposed a training facility for railway operators to which JICA responded positively. JICA also presented possible organizational arrangements to ensure that the subway will be constructed, operated, and maintained by a competent and dedicated team of certified operators and experts.
Apart from a world-class design, the proposed subway system will have water-stop panels, doors, and high-level entrance for flood prevention, earthquake detection, and a train stop system just like the subways in Tokyo.
At the end of the meeting, a minutes of discussion was signed by Sec. Tugade and JICA.
Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Bases Conversion and Development Authority President Vince Dizon, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Danny Lim, representatives from the National Economic Development Authority, and officials of the Embassy of Japan were also present at the signing.
President Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are expected to sign a loan agreement for the Mega Manila Subway Project during the latter’s visit to the Philippines in November.