The inaugural run for two new Philippine National Railways (PNR) Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) train sets was successfully held today, December 16.
“This is the manifestation of all our hard work and the start of the transformation of Philippine railways. And this is the reflection of the leadership this country have today, starting with the President, with our [Transportation] Secretary and the people behind this success,” PNR General Manager Junn Magno said.
For his part, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said “today we are gathered here, not only to take a ride on that train, but also to celebrate the transformation that is coming up and coming in, in so far as PNR is concerned. Today, let’s celebrate the transformation.”
House Committee on Transportation chairman Edgar Sarmiento said “paminsan po dumadaan po ng train binabato natin, tinatapunan ng basura. Ang pakiusap ko po, ‘wag naman sana. Ito po’y mahalin natin kasi sarili po natin ito. Wala pong magmamahal kundi tayong mga Pilipino.”
“Sa ginanap na inaugural run ng DMU railcars, halos 35 minuto lamang ang biyahe at nakarating na mula sa PNR Dela Rosa Station sa Makati papuntang Tutuban Station sa Maynila,” DOTR said.
“Ang mga brand new na bagon ay binili ng PNR mula sa Indonesia, gamit ang sariling budget nito sa ilalim ng General Appropriations Act (GAA), at mas maaga mula sa orihinal na petsa na Pebrero 2020 ang naging delivery ng mga naturang train set,” it added.
“Sa kanyang full operation, inaasahang aabot sa 750 na mga pasahero ang kakayaning maserbisyuhan kada train set, habang madaragdagan naman ng 18-20 na biyahe ang PNR kada araw,” DOTR noted.