Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, on August 1, led the virtual signing of contracts for the first two (2) contract packages for PNR Clark Phase 2, marking the commencement of construction works for the 53-km extension that will connect Makati and Clark International Airport in under 1 hour.
The project is one of the various flagship infrastructure projects of the DOTr in the railways sector, which will pave way for the generation of tens of thousands of jobs for the Filipino people.
Contract Package N-04 of the PNR Clark Phase 2 covers the civil engineering and building works for approximately 6.3 kilometers of the main line, and 1.6 kilometers of the depot’s access line, with one underground station serving Clark International Airport (CRK).
Contract Package N-05, on the other hand, covers the civil engineering and building works for the Clark Railway Depot, covering an overall area of approximately 33 hectares, including construction of the Operations Control Center, stabling yard, workshops, training center and other ancillary buildings in Mabalacat, Pampanga.
The Contract for Package N-04 will be virtually signed with Acciona Construction Philippines, through Director Ruben Eugenio Garcia and Chief Financial Officer Angel Fernandez de la Pradilla, and EEI Corporation, through President and CEO Roberto Jose Castillo, while Package N-05 will be virtually signed with POSCO Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd., through Executive Vice President Dong Ho Kim and POSCO E&C Vice President Sung Wook Chung.
Once partially operable by 2022, the PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark), a 53-km rail line segment which will connect Malolos, Bulacan to Clark International Airport, will cut down travel time to 30-35 minutes, from the original 1 hour and 30 minutes. Further, the leg will feature the country’s first airport rail express.
Also in attendance to the virtual signing ceremony are Asian Development Bank (ADB) Southeast Asia Director General Ramesh Subramaniam, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa, and Senior Representative Kiyo Kawabuchi, DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, Undersecretary for Finance Garry De Guzman, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Reinier Paul Yebra, Philippine National Railways (PNR) General Manager Junn Magno, Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, and EEI Corporation Senior Vice President for Infrastructure Group Manfred Richter. DOTR