Proudly PH-made train eyed in Taguig

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The country’s first locally developed train will start running next year.

Science Secretary Mario Montejo said the automated guideway transit (AGT) would operate in Bicutan, Taguig, as a mass-transit system.

A prototype of the AGT had a test run on the University of the Philippines campus at Diliman in Quezon City on Dec. 14.

In a recent talk with reporters, Montejo said the AGT service would be a joint venture between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the city government of Taguig.

The DOST will build a 500-meter elevated track in Bicutan and the Taguig government will add a 2-kilometer stretch to it, Montejo said.

The train will run from the crossing rotunda near the DOST compound in Bicutan and over Circumferential Road-6 (C-6) along Laguna de Bay.

Montejo said the DOST had allocated P40 million for the construction of the 500-m section of the AGT track.

The amount does not include the cost of two coaches, which Montejo said would be as spacious as those used on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 2 line.

Developed by DOST engineers in cooperation with UP experts, the electric train will undergo a series of test runs until June next year in preparation for actual operations.

The train runs on 465-m-long elevated track on the UP campus.

According to the DOST, the goal of the project is to have a fully automated, emission-free transportation system capable of ferrying up to 60 passengers per trip.

Montejo said the fact that the AGT is running is already an accomplishment for its designers and engineers.

The entire system was designed and manufactured by Filipinos, using locally available materials.

Montejo said the prototype cost about P55 million. The track cost about P22 million and the two locally built coaches, P9 million.  Research and development cost about P24 million.

Still, the AGT cost only about a fifth of the cost of acquiring a similar foreign-made train, according to the DOST.

“Why is it cheaper? It’s like using generic against branded,” Montejo said.

He said several parties—including at least one local government, two big industry players and one private developer—have shown interest in the AGT.

“We just developed it and then others should pick it up,” he said.

But more than creating a Philippine-made train, the greater goal of the project is to enable Filipino engineers to develop the expertise to design and operate a mass transit system, Montejo said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BNH2EF27LQAVTR2GUP3FV5PLKY good muslim

    we need a blast furnace, just like the Iligan steel mill during Dictaror Marcos time . Phil has no money and it was sold to Malaysia. They dismantled it and bring ,dinala sa Malaysia. Ito and kailangan natin.yun technology ng Japan in steel making ,magaling .dahil tingnan mo ang mga gawa ng Japan na kotse . nagtatalgal. at yun pang gatong kailagan phil made din para yun pera di na lala bas .at magkakaruon na ng trabaho ang mga ingeener natin.   

    • divictes

      Exactly what we need, quality steel not substandard ones dump on us from China.

  • kismaytami

    Sana masilip din ng DOST ang PNR. Hindi na kasi sapat ang mga DMUs ng PNR.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBDO77APDA7IB25W6R44QR6GHI Ajoeroooo

    Pano naging cheap??? Sinama na ba ang tongpats at bribes?? tsk tsk…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MDAWMT3LIDHOCW7ZTSYXZEUQQ4 ghe

       mga materials siguro locally made at walang foreign contractor.

  • Pok2

     Good Job SEC

  • Pok2

    Sana po SEC Mario, Tuparin ninyo yung sinabi niyong you will validate the FAI Fabunan Antiviral Injection at Government expense. Marami po tayong maliligtas na buhay kung mapapansin ito and it will put our country in the forefront of Medical Science. I hope you love our country.

  • basilionisisa

    Nice! this is good work, Congratulations! and Good luck!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    It would be better if Filipino engineers could design and manufacture fast military patrol boats for our military…!!!  and maybe some guided missiles too in the very near future..!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MDAWMT3LIDHOCW7ZTSYXZEUQQ4 ghe

    Keep it Up!

  • Loggnat

    Every successful journey starts with determined first step.

  • divictes

    May this pebble creates endless ripples.

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