Modern PNR system to become backbone of economy – Senator JV

“The modern Philippine National Railway System will become the backbone of our economy,” Senator JV Ejercito said after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Philippine National Railway (PNR) started on January 5 the advance construction mobilization for PNR North Phase 1 covering Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in Bulacan.

“No doubt cost of building the railway system will be very expensive, but the returns to the economy will be enormous,” the senator said.

“The massive infrastructure specially the railway system will help spread out the development to the provinces and likewise prevent further influx & congestion in Metro Manila. Creation of new growth nodes and development areas will create opportunities in the rural areas,” he added.

The construction mobilization includes pre-construction activities such as site clearing, grading of unleveled surfaces, and demolition of obstructing structures in the PNR alignment, DOTr said.

“DOTr understands the need to complete this project faster. That is why we pursued these works parallel with the procurement of the general contractor, which is scheduled to be selected by the 2nd quarter of 2018 for PNR Clark Phase 1,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

The project’s second phase will extend the line up to Clark International Airport and New Clark City.

PNR Clark will be built with Japanese loan program using Japanese technology.