PNR Calamba project draws record-breaking number of bids

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 22, 2021   •   129

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Calamba Project has received a record-breaking number of bids, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

A turnout of 34 bids was received from six Philippine companies and 17 international companies that intend to participate in contract packages of the PNR-Calamba Project.

The said project aims to construct a combined 40.5 kilometers of viaduct structures, including 13 elevated stations and a 22-hectare train depot.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade that the impressive turnout of bidders for the PNR Calamba Project’s contract packages is proof of the infrastructure sector’s trust in the government’s Build Build Build infrastructure program.

He also reported that five more contract packages for the PNR Calamba Project are set for the opening of bids later this year.

PNR Calamba is part of the massive 147-kilometer North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) System which has 35 stations stretching from Calamba in Laguna to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

The NSCR System will have a fleet of 464 train cars or 58 trains sets, including seven (7) Airport Express train sets.

The NSCR System intends to cut travel time from the Clark International Airport to Calamba from more than 4 hours down to just 1.5 hours. AAC

DOTr encourages private motorists to take EDSA busway, MRT-3 amid heavy traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the heavy traffic on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has encouraged private vehicle owners to take public transportation.

In a statement, the department said that taking the EDSA Busway System and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) would help ease the heavy congestion along EDSA.

The DOTr assured that operations of the EDSA Busway System and the MRT-3 remain smooth and travel time is still fast for commuters. From 3 to 4 hours of travel time from Monumento to PITX, it is reduced to 45 minutes to 1 hour, according to the transportation department.

“Ang MRT-3 ay patuloy na nakakapagbibigay ngayon ng mas maganda, mas maayos, at mabilis na serbisyo sa ating mga commuter,” the department said in a statement.

MRT-3 operations would also improve once the massive rehabilitation and maintenance activities are completed by December 2021.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to resume the Service Contracting Program under the regular budget of the national government. This is to provide incentives to PUVs that provide free rides to commuters. AAC

PNR Calamba to generate over 10,000 jobs — DOTr

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Calamba Project will provide over 10,000 direct jobs once its construction begins next year, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the PNR Calamba will provide employment opportunities not only for Calamba residents but also its nearby areas. He also said that there will also be indirect jobs available which increase the opportunities of job seekers.

“Importanteng malaman natin ang mga nagta-trabaho during the construction phase at mahalaga rin na malaman natin ang mga magtatrabaho kapag natapos na ang proyekto. Mahigit 10,000 trabaho po ang maibibigay nito sa ating mga kababayan oras na ito ay simulang itayo. Direct jobs pa lang ‘ho iyan,” he said.

(It is important to learn the workers during the construction phase and the workers that will be available after the project. Over 10,000 jobs will be generated for our fellowmen once construction begins. Those are just direct jobs.)

Once the PNR Calamba project is complete, the rail line is expected to significantly cut travel time. It is the third leg of the massive North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project which will connect Metro Manila (Solis St., Tondo) and Calamba, Laguna. It is expected to cut travel time from the current 4 hours to just one hour.

The 56-kilometer railway project is expected to serve at least 340,000 passengers a day during its partial operations, while ridership is expected to increase up to 550,000 passengers once the railway is in full operation in 2028.

Tugade also said that completion of the PNR Calamba will boost local and regional economic development.

“Kung magagawa natin ito, talagang aangat at aangat ang ekonomiya ng Calamba (If we can accomplish this, Calamba’s economy will progress). Remember, this is a historical site. Imagine the benefits it would generate for tourism,” he said. AAC

DOTr completes 3 bike lanes in NCR, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has completed three bike lanes in the National Capital Region (NCR), Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao.

In the NCR, the DOTr and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have completed 313 kms of pavement markings, physical separators, and road signages.

In Metro Cebu, the agencies completed the installation of 129 kms of pavement markings, physical separators, and road signages. Meanwhile, in Metro Davao, the DOTr installed 55 kms of pavement markings, physical separators, and road signages.

Three bike lanes are set to be inaugurated this month as part of the government’s goal to promote active transportation in the country.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade assured that the department is committed to promoting active transportation and ensuring the safety of the pedestrians.

“We intend to provide commuters with access to faster, and efficient means of mass transportation; and to open infrastructure for active transportation such as walking and cycling,” he said. AAC

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