DOTr Seeks to Complete 320 Kilometers of Railway Projects by 2022

In order to fulfill the promises made by Pres. Rody Duterte for the Golden Age of Infrastructures in the Philippines, the Department of Transportation is seeking to complete more than 320 kilometers of railway projects by 2022— more than four times the current footprint—in Luzon and Mindanao.

Assistant Secretary of the DOTR, Asec John Batan for Railways, said in recent forum that projects to be completed by the time Pres. Rody Duterte steps down would include the Philippine National Railways' rail project to the Clark Freeport Zone (106 km), the PNR Manila to Los BaƱos, Laguna (72 km), the Mindanao railway project’s Tagum-Davao-Digos phase 1 (102-km) and the Light Rail Transit Line 2 extension.

DOTr's priority project under the Duterte admin also include the LRT-1 Extension to Cavite (11.7 km), being built by private concessionaire Light Rail Manila Corp. and the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 to Bulacan that is being built by San Miguel Corp.

Based upon the data of the DOTr the Philippines currently has a railway footprint of 77 kilometers through LRT1, LRT2, MRT3 and PNR and all these railway projects mainly serve Metro Manila.

The 77 kilometer railway footprint of the country has come down from a once robust network that spanned 900 kilometers in the 1970s during the time of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. The Philippine Railway lines runs all the way to La Union Province in the northern part while Legazpi City in the Bicol Region in the south of Manila.

DOTr Undersecretary Batan, who noted that projects were ahead of schedule either in terms of implementation and planning, said the DOTr was also hoping to partially complete railway projects as part of a massive 2,555-km pipeline.

Once completed, the Philippines would have a raily footprint of 1,900 km by 2022. The Railway Lines include the PNR-Bicol (581km), the Mindanao railway project (1,429 km), Cebu railway line (116 km) and the Metro Manila subway project (30 km).

Batan said the railway project pipeline was valued at around P1 trillion, a big slice of the P8 trillion in infrastructure projects the Duterte administration had identified.

Source: PNA / DOTr

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