Tugade wants speedy construction of P106-B Clark railway
MANILA, Philippines — Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has asked Filipino and Japanese construction firms behind the 38-kilometer Tutuban to Malolos North-South Commuter Railway project to make it operational by 2021.
On Monday, Tugade and officials of Taisei Corp. and D.M. Consunji Inc. (DMCI) signed the contract for the civil works of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1.
The project’s Phase 1 (Tutuban to Malolos) has two packages: Tutuban to Bocaue and Bocaue to Malolos.
Shorter travel time
When completed before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends in 2022, the P106-billion railway is expected to serve around 350,000 daily commuters from Tutuban to Malolos, and will reduce travel time between Manila and Bulacan from one hour and 30 minutes to only 35 minutes.
Tugade said he wanted the project to be operational as early as the third quarter of 2021.
He said the Department of Transportation was processing the remaining small portion of the right of way acquisition for the project.
The government has awarded to the consortium of DMCI Holdings Inc. and Japanese firm Taisei Corp. the first construction package of the PNR Clark Phase 1.
“These two companies proved that they believed in the government in carrying out the ‘Build, Build, Build’ projects of our President,” Tugade said during the contract signing at the terminal site in Malanday, Valenzuela City.
The project is financed through an official development assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The PNR Clark Phase 1 will have stations in Tutuban, Solis, Caloocan City, Valenzuela City, Meycauayan City, City of Malolos, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas and Guiguinto. —Carmela Reyes-Estrope
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