Proudly PH-made train eyed in Taguig




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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  • 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 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.

    • Nelson Belanio


  • kismaytami

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

  • Ajoeroooo

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

    • ghe

       mga materials siguro locally made at walang foreign contractor.

    • Chris

      assuming k naman. if yun na yng cost, so na yn.. malamang yng tongpats na sinasabi mo nandun na.. mas mura pa rin sya and that is good news. 

  • 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!

  • 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..!!!!

  • ghe

    Keep it Up!

  • Loggnat

    Every successful journey starts with determined first step.

  • divictes

    May this pebble creates endless ripples.

  • Elmer Vinzon Camaganacan

    Let the world know what Filipinos are all about. We have so much to offer, we can deliver, only if we could put together our mind, heart and spirit TO PURSUE A BETTER PHILIPPINES.

  • Elmer Vinzon Camaganacan

    Have you read or heard more about UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology a.k.a DRONE. This is an American technology that would perfectly suited our needs, i.e. aerial surveillance for territorial security, weather forecasting, policing drugs, firearms and smugling activities, monitoring human trafficking, capable to carry out accurate attack if equipped with smart missiles, 24/7 look out spy eyes for intruders on either naval or aerial  attacks. This technology can do a lot for us considering of our geographical location, treacherous weather, and foreign invasion. The Filipinos are capable of exploring this type of technology as long as the Engineers, our Intellectuals, Mathematicians and Computer Wizards etc are financially supported, strongly guided by private sectors and government initiatives. It is expensive but it is well worth to have one, because it will push up the morale, integrity, respect, defense to the higher level and most of all that it ensure we can live peacefully.

    • 444mangyan888

      The sciences and technologies are already there, actually.
      Most of the gadgetries are available on the store shelves.
      Makes applied science practitioners why we are not yet doing it

    • itsumo

      If they are from private sector then it might be capable. You must compare what is the difference between government employed and a private employee. Private employees are more productive, less salary and always afraid to lost job if they are not doing well, while gov’t employees work effortless, long break and less productive but a little bit higher salary, they also always afraid to lost job every time there is a coming elections.

  • Roberto Ladao

    Great news, what is next ?. Probably build faster and bigger, modern ships that can be use to patrol the West Philippines Sea.

  • nti_boohaya

    Great news!  I hope our honorable Sen. Por Sientos and Cong. Boo Hayas pool their pork barrels to link the AGT with LRT and MRT and eventually from Region 1 to Mindanao.  Di bale ng mawalan ng negosyong bus ang mga ibang politicians jan sure meron silang concession sa AGT in their locales. This news should be on the headlines instead of ngaw ngaw pulitika! Mr. Pnoy and the rest of our politicians, kung talagang makabayan po kayo, make this thing happen. It will negate all or some of the negative things that come with being Mr. Kor Acot, the politician.

  • Jhune


  • CyberPinoy

    superb! we should also do the same in other govt required engineering fields like making our own military hardwares and ships to save cost.

  • h t

    great! now let’s do a masterplan to connect our major cities with rail – at least on the same island.  decongest our roads to add more to our nations output.  better efficiency, better economy.  R&D should also give major manhours in the maritime field.  we are a maritime nation so we should excel on this area.  let’s build our naval assets from within.

  • h t

    just an idea … survey shows that a certain percentage of the population are unemployed.  if these people are young, engineering/science/mathematics/chemistry and graduates of related field, why not get them to work as ojt, as trainee, as researcher, etc. in DOST or any of our research facilities in the country instead of “waiting” for them to be employed by our industries … or outside the country.  an allowance would suffice in the beginning (better than nothing), and within the boundaries of the law, an option to employ fully.  if a full absorption is not possible (which is highly likely), the training/knowledge/experience they had will eventually reach a critical mass to boost the country further…this scheme will surely benefit the country in the long run.

    even if they eventually use this knowledge on their own, the eventual beneficiary in the end is still the general population.  go philippines!

    • Titan

      I agree, if that were the case.  But I don’t think they’re the unemployed ones.  The unemployment stems from the oversupply of nursing students and those of other non-professional courses.

  • Ronald Diaz

    Good Job and Good news for us filipinos. Now we can build our own electric transport system that we can fully acquire.

    More power to the DOST experts who created this AGT.

  • Olibo

    Yes, it’ll generate employment. Thumbs up!

  • 444mangyan888

    Sana an Alabang  – Manila/Quirino Avenue route isunod na nila.
    Muntinlupa city, Makati city and Manila govts can share the cost..!!!

  • bugoybanggers

    Kayang kaya iyan! Marami namang made in CHINAng motor at mga mumurahing bakal na galing CHINA.

    • Arnold Clemente

      there is no need to buy motors and steel from china. We have a lot of very good engineers that can design and manufacture motors. Let’s use and give them a jobs.

  • Pers

    this is good news.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    tapos ang makita kabayo ipahihila!!

  • thisismikodee

    Please continue this as this will definitely lessen the need of Filipinos to own cars (especially those smoke-belching ones) I’m living here in Japan right now as an exchange student, and I can that life using trains here is very eco-friendly and economic-friendly in many ways such as higher consumption levels.

  • kinutil

    WE are so proud to have you guys!!!
    Proud to have our own   (VIVA PHILIPPINE MADE.)

  • valsore

    Let us make this happen. Then next would be patrol boats, then destroyer ships to defend our native land, and train Filipino seamen.

  • H_A_B_A_G_A_T

    As I understand, this Pinoy Engineer who developed this train are PH based? 
    just to point-out that…partida pa yan! di pa natin hinuhugot ung mga nasa abraod na nakagain ng experienced.

    Good job guys!

    sana next line of politician mga Engineers!

    • southbound

      naku, ang lakas din kaya mangotong ng mga engineers sa mga government offices, lalo na sa mga LGUs city/municipal engineer’s office.  di ba kelan lang nahuli cam yung Commisioner  ng PRC na si Engr. Alfredo Po (professional mechanical engr.).  sabi nga ni sec. De Lima sa interview, “kaya pala sya commissioner, nangungumisyon sya.” (or something to that effect.)  ano na kaya nangyari  sa kaso nitong si PO.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Thats great although “locally available materials” does not necessarily mean made in the Philippine materials. What matters most is that the designers are locals and were successful in making their design work. Its a start, onward Philippines.

  • karlo cases arellano

    I hope other LGU’s follow Taguig.. Roads here in the Metro are always congested by half full PUV’s and Private Vehicles with only one occupant..  When a system of monorail exist probably, or more likely people would be more inclined to use that method of mass transport… Maybe complement it with feeder BRT line or river ferries..

    Though PUJ and tricycle drivers would lose their jobs

  • chitetskoy

    dito na gawin ang lahat ng public transport vehicles natin miski tren ng LRT at MRT. simula na ito…!

  • chitetskoy

    Sa susunod gamitin na rin ang Subic shipyard panggawa ng mga barkong de gyera ng Pilipinas!

  • alex ca

    Kaya naman ng Pinas na gumagawa ng mga sasakyan sayang lang kung hindi gagamitin ang mga utak ng mga  Engineers……

  • noelv

    hindi lang train pati airplane, helicopter, kotse gawin na rin para hindi aasa sa imported product

  • Platypus09

    This is a good start.

    I hope they deliver excellent and high quality product. This is what we need to reduce the cost of contracting business from international companies.

    At the same time, we need to promote their business and use these home-grown companies to develop our country in rural and urban areas.

  • Hawkman Riyadh

    sana parang monorail….kakatakot ung nasa UP…kasi ung gilid nakaangat sa halip na kagat kagat ung gilig ng track….parang madederail agad..

  • Rou

    We have to support Philippine made product, hindi lang sa salita…kailangan natin i-patronize. Sympre sa simula di pa ganon ka polido tulad ng sa ibang bansa, pero darating din ang time magiging maayos ito. Importante suporta at tangkilikin ang sariling atin…

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