PNR-South Railway Project to Start Anytime This Year, Starts Operating in 2021

Albay Representative Joey Salceda, a known Filipino economist and political icon, revealed that the multi-billion Philippine National Railway (PNR) South Rail Project would definitely push through and civil works would start anytime this year.

In an interview with some members of the media, Rep. Salceda stated that the project plan was laid down at the recently held meeting with officials of the Department of Transporation (DOTr) and PNR Management which was also participated by high ranking local officials from Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and North, the four mainland provinces of Bicol.

According to the top economist during the Arroyo administration, Rep. Salceda revealed that the PNR South Rail Project was designed to be implemented in four segments covering a total of 653 kilometers which include: the Manila to Los Banos section with a length of 72 kilometers; Los Banos to Legazpi City with 406 km.; Legazpi City-Matnog, 117 km.; and Calamba-Batangas City, 58 km.

The PNR South Rail Projects is also divided into two projects, the P134-billion PNR South Commuter Line (Tutuban-Los Banos) and the P151-billion PNR Long Haul (Calamba-Bicol).

The implementation of the Tutuban to Los Banos segment would be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), while the Long Haul to Bicol would be available through notice of loan proceeds from China.

The PNR South Commuter Line, once implemented, would also connect to the Japan-funded PNR North Railway Project worth P258 million.

Rep. Salceda also said that Barangay Comon in Daraga, Albay would be the South Rail Central Station and it will pass through the Southern Barangays beside the Bicol International Airport and Maharlika Highway up to Villahermosa village then going to Matnog town in Sorsogon Province.

The former Albay Governor also noted that there will be a spare line from Daraga to Legazpi City and during his talk with DOTr Asec Cesar Chavez, they have discussed the possibility of converting the railroad from Daraga to Legazpi town as an alternate road to ease the traffic congestion problems in these areas.

Rep. Salceda said that he would be sourcing funds to boy out the PNR Railway property from Daraga to Legazpi measuring 15 meters wide with more or less 4-km length and at the price of P30,000 per square meter.

Source: Philippine News Agency (PNA)

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