MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced the nearing completion of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos).
In its Facebook post, the DOTr said the PNR Clark Phase 1 is on track for completion as the first trainset of the rolling stock contract is now undergoing a series of factory acceptance testing (FAT) in Japan.
Through the said testing, the newly manufactured trainset will undergo verification if it meets its intended purpose.
It shall also determine if the trainset is compliant with several international standards, such as the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) and Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS).
The DOTr expects the trainset to arrive at the Malanday Depot on the first week of December 2021 as it is scheduled to depart the Yokohama Port this month.
“Aligned with the BUILD, BUILD, BUILD Program of the Duterte administration, the PNR Clark Phase 1 project aims to serve around 300,000 passengers daily and is expected to reduce travel time between Tutuban in Manila and Malolos in Bulacan from 1 hour and 30 minutes to just 35 minutes,” the statement said.
The DOTr said it remains committed to WORK, WORK, WORK through vital transport infrastructure projects, noting that it now has 264 calendar days to go “to fulfill the promise of a comfortable life to Filipinos”.