The Philippine National Railways (PNR) is acquiring two Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DMU) trainsets from Indonesian government-owned company PT Industri Kereta Api (PT INKA).
Delivery is expected within the 3rd quarter of 2019 for commissioning and testing.
The contract for acquisition of trainsets was signed by PNR General Manager Junn Magno and PT INKA President/Director Budi Noviantoro.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was present during the signing ceremony held January 22.
“I hope this project will grow and blossom into other projects in our desire to expand the country railways system from what it is today – 77 kilometers. We hope that during the term of President Duterte, we can finish 1,900 kilometers railway system,” Secretary Tugade said.
According to Department of Transportation (DOTr), this acquisition is a milestone because “this would be the first in 40 years that PNR organically procured its trains since most are donated cars or part of national loan packages.”
“It’s been almost 40 years that PNR organically procured its own trainsets that is not donated nor part of a loan package. This is a reflection of Sec. Tugade’s leadership in the railways sector,” Magno said.