China, PHL partner for 639-kilometer rail line

The Philippines and China have signed an agreement that will employ the services of China Railway Design Corporation (CRDC) and Guangzhou Wanan Construction Supervision Co., Ltd. (WACC) Consortium for the Project Management Consultancy (PMC) of the 639-kilometer Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long-Haul Project (PNR Bicol).

The exchange of contract was witnessed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 20 at Malacañang Palace.

The signing was held November 17 at the Chinese Embassy Economic and Commercial Section at South Forbes Park in Makati City.

“Secretary [Art] Tugade and Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan signed on behalf of the Philippine government, and CRDC Chairman of the Board Liu Weiqun for the CRDC and Guangzhou Wanan Construction Supervision Co., Ltd. (WACC) Consortium of the People’s Republic of China,” DOTr said.

“The PNR Bicol Project is one of the flagship projects of the Duterte Administration under the “Build, Build, Build” Program. Upon completion, the PNR Bicol Project will connect Metro Manila, Region IV-A (Calabarzon), and Region V (Bicol), reducing travel time from Manila to Legazpi City from 13 hours to under 6 hours,” DOTr explained.

“The contract marks a milestone for the PNR South Long-Haul Project. Hereby, I commit that the CRDC and WACC Consortium will fully dedicate to the project, allocate the best resources, and do our best to perform the PMC services according to the contract stipulations and the requirements of the DOTr and PNR. We will contribute to make this important government-to-government cooperation project a high-quality elaborated project,” Chairman Weiqun said.