Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda and Philippine Ambassador Jose C. Laurel V signed the exchange of notes for the grant for the provision of train simulators at the 7th Japan-Philippines High Level Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation in Osaka, Japan.
“The train simulators will be provided to the Railway Institute and will be used to complete the technology transfer needed for the safe and reliable operation of the upcoming 150km North-South Railway Project connecting Clark and Calamba as well as the 30km Metro Manila Subway Project from Quezon City to Taguig City, both funded by Japanese yen loans,” the Japanese Embassy said.
The Japanese government said that on top of its commitment to develop high quality railway systems in Mega Manila, the Government of Japan is also supporting the establishment of the Philippine Railway Institute through yen loan and technical assistance.
“This grant aid is given in addition to the existing technical assistance for the design of training manuals and formulation of curriculum,” the Japanese embassy said.
“With capacity to train up to 1,800 personnel annually, the Institute will provide training and technical assistance for personnel in charge of operation and maintenance of the railways,” it added.