DOTr: PNR’s 6 new freight trains to arrive in December

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 28, 2019   •   517

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that six new freight trains for the Philippine National Railways (PNR) are set to arrive by December.

In statement the DOTr said the new freight trains is set to leave the Surabaya Port in Indonesia by November 30.

“Tatakbo ang mga ito sa linya ng PNR na may rutang Tutuban-FTI at Malabon-FTI (It will operate on the PNR line with the route Tutuban-FTI and Malabon-FTI)” the DOTr said.

Once the new train sets are operational, the DOTr said there will be additional 18 to 20 trips per day in the PNR.

The PNR ordered a total of 37 rail cars from Indonesia which is expected to be delivered from December 2019 to February 2020.—AAC

PNR to step up security efforts to protect trains, passengers

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) are set to meet over the stone-throwing incidents that damage the PNR trains.

According to PNR General Manager Junn Magno, they will ask the assistance of the DOTr to secure the train lines for the protection of the coaches and the passengers as well.

The PNR is planning to recommend to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to include in the evaluation of barangay officials all efforts made to curb the stone-throwing and other damaging activities to the train line.

“Kulang po ang mga pulis sa Pilipinas para bantayan ang buong right of way ng Pilipinas, (The Philippines does not have enough police personnel to monitor all the rights of way in the country),” explained Magno.

“Kaya ang makakatulong lang po talaga sa amin diyan ay ang barangay at ang community, symbiotic relationship, (We have no one else to ask for assistance but the people from the barangays and the community – symbiotic relationship,)” he added.

The PNR is fixing the broken train windows and doors by replacing them with polycarbonate sheets that are more efficient than glass and has high impact resistance.

Meanwhile, the PNR is also removing the window grills in response to the directive of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.

So far, the PNR has recorded about two to three incidents of stone-throwing in a week .

The latest was on Thursday (January 2) along the rails in Caloocan City which left one of the train’s window broken.

The PNR investigated that the culprit was a minor, thus the PNR demanded the parents of the minor to pay not less than P8,000 in penalty.

“Ayon naman doon sa reglamento pwede naman siya gumawa ng promisory note. Pagbabayarin po natin siya kahit naawa kami sa sitwasyon niya, (According to the law, she can provide a promissory note. We have to enforce the penalty even if we feel sorry for the parents, given their situation),” Magno explained. “Hindi naman pwede na hindi namin i-e-enforce ang batas (We cannot just simply ignore the law),” he added. — MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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DOTr calls on public anew to report stone-throwing incidents targeting PNR trains

Robie de Guzman   •   January 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has called on the public to immediately report any stone-throwing incident targeting train units of the Philippine National Railway (PNR).

The DOTr made the appeal after another PNR train unit was damaged at Caloocan City on Wednesday, January 1.

According to details and photos released by the DOTr on Thursday, the refurbished Rotem unit from Korea sustained damage on its front windshield after it was hit by a stone.

LOOK: Another stone-throwing incident which damaged the front glass windshield of the refurbished Rotem train unit of…

Posted by Department of Transportation – Philippines on Thursday, 2 January 2020

The department said the damaged windshield underwent replacement a day after incident to avoid any disruption in service.

The incident is the 15th stone-throwing incident targeting PNR trains reported since December 2019.

“We again call for heightened vigilance from the public, particularly our train-riding commuter, to help us in pinpointing the areas where these misdeeds happen, and to immediately report them,” the DOTr said in a statement.

The agency, together with the PNR management, added it is “seriously monitoring” the incidents, and have closely coordinated with law enforcement authorities and local government units to apprehend those who will be caught in the act.

It also assured it has undertaken necessary measures to put a complete stop to “these destructive and dangerous activities.”

“With the help and assistance from the general public, rest assured that the DOTr and PNR will exhaust all means necessary to protect our valuable equipment, and ensure the safety of our commuter,” the DOTr added. – RRD

Chinese firm inks deal to deliver new trains for PNR Bicol project

Robie de Guzman   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Wednesday signed a contract with a Chinese company to supply trains for its long-haul service to the Bicol region.

The PNR signed the procurement deal with CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive, which won the bidding in October for the South Long Haul project, also known as PNR Bicol.

Under the contract, the PNR will purchase three train sets of three-car formations from CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive which will be delivered in June 2021.

These trainsets will be deployed for long haul service from Calamba in Laguna to Naga City in Camarines Sur, and eventually to Legazpi City in Albay.

“This train will represent the first trip for the South Long Haul Project or what we call the PNR Bicol and it would cut down significantly 80 percent of the travel time between Manila and the Bicol region,” Magno said in a statement.

The Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains will feature business class, first-class, and second class accommodations. The trains can accommodate 168 passengers with 36 seats for business class, 52 seats for first class, and 80 seats for second class.

According to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, this will be the first time the country will have trains sets with three types of accommodation.

The signing of the contract for the procurement of the standard gauge DMU trains was led by PNR General Manager Junn Magno and CRRC Locomotive Vice President Wang Qiaolin.

Witnessing the signing ceremony were Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan and CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive General Manager Fu Chengjun.

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