Japan to fund 3 new rail lines in Philippines

The Japanese government will be funding three new railway projects in the Philippines by providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“Japan is one of our long-time and most trusted development partners. We recognize its commitment to technical excellence in infrastructure,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said. “Our focus on the transportation sector is part of the bigger mission to decongest Metro Manila, and bring development to the regions, which is embedded in our National Spatial Strategy.”

The three new railway projects Japan is funding are:

1. Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) – Phase 1 which will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City and will terminate at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Paranaque City. This project is worth PHP356,974,170,000.00.

2. The Phase 2 of Philippine National Railways (PNR) North or the Malolos-Clark Railway Project, worth PHP211,425,200,000.00, is a 68.7-km line which will have a total of seven stations from Malolos all the way to Clark International Airport and New Clark City. PNR North Phase 1, Tutuban to Malolos, was also funded by Japan.

3. The PNR South Commuter Project worth PHP124,143,000.00. This project will be connected to PNR North in Tutuban. It will cut travel time between Manila and Calamba by more than half, reducing it from over two hours today to under one hour once the railway is fully operational. (PNR South Longhaul Project to Legazpi, Matnog, and Batangas City will be funded by China ODA)

Sources: http://www.neda.gov.ph/2018/03/02/japan-to-help-fund-6-of-13-new-infra-projects/; http://www.build.gov.ph/Home/Project?page=2