“I am directing the Department of Transportation to fast track the completion of the MCRP (Malolos-Clark Railway Project) and observe the highest quality standards as we complete this railway project,” President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said on Thursday during the signing ceremony in Malacañang of the $1.3-billion loan agreement for the Malolos-Clark Railway Project (MCRP) between the government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Signing for the Philippine government was Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and ADB Vice President Ahmed Saeed.
The $6.1-billion Malolos-Clark Railway Project is a major project under the administration’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure program. As the country’s first airport express railway service, MCRP will be co-financed by the ADB and by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The 53.1-kilometer MCRP is a section of the 163-kilometer North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) System, a rail network designed to connect New Clark City, Clark and Clark International Airport (CIA) to Manila and Calamba by 2025.
Once completed, the project will provide affordable, reliable, and safe public transport system and will cut travel time from Manila to CIA to less than one hour from the current travel time of two to three hours by car or bus.
“By the time it is completed, I expect that our people, especially those from Central Luzon, will greatly feel the impact of our Build, Build, Build program,” President Duterte said.
“As we pursue these endeavors, I expect you to embody excellence, integrity, and accountability of us here in government as we journey towards inclusive and sustainable growth,” he added. with PND