Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade praised the Philippine National Railways (PNR), led by General Manager Junn Magno, as it officially unveils its newest Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive and Passenger Coaches from Indonesia today, 23 December 2020.
“Today is a very welcome day indeed. It is a day where Junn Magno and the men and women of PNR are trying to make the scenario and environment a commitment of PNR as a beautiful activity, as a beautiful involvement. Today, you are making the PNR look beautiful by completing the delivery of new trains from INKA,” Secretary Tugade said.
The newest trains, consisting of three (3) locomotive and fifteen (15) passenger coaches, are part of the PNR Management strategy of re-fleeting in 2018. This delivery completes the 37 cars and 3 locomotive procured in 2018.
GM Magno said this re-fleeting project will increase PNR capacity to carry passengers with crushing capacity of 1,250 per set per trip. It has a maximum design speed of 120 Kph.
To set these apart from the current train sets of PNR, GM Magno said these new diesel hydraulic locomotive has a water wading capacity of 18 inches.
“Itong mga tren na ito ay high capacity, kahit umuulan pwedeng idaan sa kalsada, walang electricals sa ilalim. Makakalusot sa baha. ‘Yung ginagamit kasi namin ngayon, nasa ilalim ‘yung diesel motor na kapag tumaas ang tubig, masisira. Itong bago ay designed para sa 6 inches na tubig, mailulusot sa mga baha ng Metro Manila,” GM Magno assured.
The PNR General Manager said it has been 50 years since PNR acquired mainline locomotives and this is the first time in more than 40 years that PNR Metro Commuter will be served by a new fleet.
Embassy of Indonesia Department Chief of Mission Widya Rahmanto extended his appreciation to the Philippine Government, particularly the PNR, for its decision in trusting the PT INKA for the new trains.
Apart from the Secretary, other DOTr officials present in the event are Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago, Personnel from the PNR Management team, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Manila Harbour Centre Port.
Joining the Indonesian Department of Chief of Mission are Minister Counsellor Kusuma Pradopo, Social and Cultural Affair Representative Pakasi Rigfel Rayfke, and PT INKA Representative Dadik Tirta. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION