The contract for the manufacture and delivery of rolling stock for PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos) has been officially signed today, 16 July 2019.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Sumitomo Corporation’s Social Infrastructure Business Division General Manager Hiroshi Karashima signed the contract for Package 3.
The signing was witnessed by DOTr Usec. for Railways Timothy John Batan, Usec. for Legal Affairs Reinier Paul Yebra, Usec. for Finance Garry de Guzman, Asec. for Procurement Giovanni Lopez, Atty. Celeste Lauta as the representative of Philippine National Railways (PNR) General Manager Junn Magno, Japan Transport Engineering Company President Takao Nishiyama, and Sumitomo Corporation of the Philippines President Seiji Takano.
“This is the reason why we are all here today—to sign an agreement where the trains you see, the prototype you see, will come into fruition by 2021. The first agenda is to come to an agreement and principle that we will strive to work together so that we will realize the Tutuban to Malolos route by the end of 2021,” Secretary Tugade said.
Contract Package 1, signed on 20 May 2019 and is now in full swing, covers the construction of six stations (Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue) and a depot. Contract Package 2, signed on 23 January 2019 and is on full-blast construction as well, consists of the construction of three stations (Balagtas, Guiguinto, Malolos).
Officials of the Philippine Government expressed gratitude for the assistance of the Japanese Government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
For his part, JICA Philippines Chief Representative Yoshio Wada said that Japan is honored to help contribute to providing a comfortable life for Filipinos through railway development.
After the program, a Sake Barrel Ceremony, “Kagami-biraki,” was performed to further invite harmony and good fortune in the project implementation. DOTR