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PH, Japan signs deal for the Php97 billion commuter railway




Philippine Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Noriaki Niwa has signed a loan agreement worth Php97 billion, allowing the Philippine government to construct a commuter railway connecting Tutuban, Manila and Malolos, Bulacan.

The North-South Railway Project (NSRP) of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) involves the construction of about 37km new elevated commuter railway from Malolos, Bulacan to Tutuban, Manila; procurement of rolling stock; and installation of electro-mechanical systems.


Photo from Gov.PH

The NSRP is just Phase 1 of the DOTC’s overall railway project. Phase 2 involves the construction and rehabilitation of approximately 653km commuter railway operations from Tutuban to Calamba and long haul rail operations on the branch line from Calamba and Batangas and extension from Legaspi, Albay to Matnog, Sorsogon.

Both projects aim to ease the congestion in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

sources: Inquirer, Gov.PH



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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7 Responses

  1. John Nieurzyla says:

    Will only work if there is no government interference or control over maintenance and expansion.

  2. Ron says:

    only a railway project? how about a ‘bullet train’ from japan? that would be awesome. thailand is having their own bullet train from japan. sayang naman kung bagon ng china lang din aandar sa rail tracks.

  3. ANONY says:

    Sana lang hindi kurakutin umg pondo.

  4. kola says:

    kailan kaya gagawin yan, 5years+ maybe?

  5. This would’ve been done years ago if the North railway project by GMA pushed through. We would be enjoying both Bicol upto La Union by now.

  6. thecorrescode says:

    Is this the same NORTH RAIL project by the Arroyo Government?

  7. Kamen Rider Ghost says:

    Puro sa Luzon lang ah. Bakit wala sa Visayas? Lalo na sa Mindanao. Tsk Tsk Tsk.

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