DOTr marked its first PNR station in Bulacan

PARTNERS FOR CHANGE. The station marking event was grace by (middle) Japan’s Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Department of Budget and Management Benjamin Diokno, PNR General Manager Junn Magno (6th from right) and PNR Director General Roberto Lastimoso (5th from right). Japan International Cooperation Agency Chief Representative Susumo Ito (7th from left) also attended the event along with Bulacan officials headed by Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy- Alvarado. Other local officials include 4th District Representative Congresswoman Linabelle Ruth Villarica, 2nd District Representative Gavini “Apol” Pancho, Marilao Mayor Juanito Santiago, Marilao Vice Mayor Henry Lutao and Marilao councilors. SM Supermalls President Annie S. Garcia (5th from right) and SM Vice President for Operations Bien C. Mateo (4th from right) were likewise present at the station marking event. Five of the 17 stations were marked in a ceremony today that include Meycauayan in Bulacan as well as Valenzuela, Caloocan, and Tutuban in Manila.


The Department of Transportation (DOTr) marked its first station in Bulacan at SM City Marilao today. The PNR North Marilao station is one of the stations of the 106 kilometer (km) Manila- Clark Railway Project under President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Build Build Build’ infrastructure program.

“For the first time, a rail project will connect Manila to Central Luzon” said Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade. He also added that DOTr hopes to finish the term of President Duterte with at least 1,000 kilometers of railway system all over the country.

The entire rail 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. The rail line will also have a total of 17 stations that 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 Pampanga.

Apart from significantly reducing the 2-3 hours travel time from Manila to Clark to just 55 minutes, the rail project is seen to decongest Metro Manila and spur development in the peripheries of Metro Manila. “This project will ease traffic congestion and help thousands of commuters coming from Bulacan and Pampanga to travel daily to their workplaces or schools in Manila” shares Philippine National Railways (PNR) General Manager Junn Magno.

The PNR North railway project is one of the 61 infrastructure projects under the ‘Build Build Build’ infrastructure program of the Duterte administration. Construction commencement will begin in the last quarter of 2017 with target completion in 2021. The project will cost P255 billion and will be funded through Official Development Assistance (ODA) from Japan.

On its first year of operations, an estimate of 350,000 passengers daily will benefit from the Manila- Clark Railway Project

The PNR North Station Marking event in SM City Marilao was graced by Japan’s Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Department of Budget and Management Benjamin Diokno, PNR General Manager Junn Magno and PNR Director General Roberto Lastimoso. Japan International Cooperation Agency Chief Representative Susumo Ito also attended the event along with Bulacan officials headed by Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy- Alvarado, 4th District Representative Congresswoman Linabelle Ruth Villarica and 2nd District Representative Gavini “Apol” Pancho.SM President Annie S. Garcia and SM Vice President for Operations Bien C. Mateo were likewise present at the station marking event.

Five of the 17 stations were marked in a ceremony today that include Meycauayan in Bulacan as well as Valenzuela, Caloocan, and Tutuban in Manila.

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