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