PNR Calamba project draws record-breaking number of bids

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 22, 2021   •   276

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Calamba Project has received a record-breaking number of bids, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

A turnout of 34 bids was received from six Philippine companies and 17 international companies that intend to participate in contract packages of the PNR-Calamba Project.

The said project aims to construct a combined 40.5 kilometers of viaduct structures, including 13 elevated stations and a 22-hectare train depot.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade that the impressive turnout of bidders for the PNR Calamba Project’s contract packages is proof of the infrastructure sector’s trust in the government’s Build Build Build infrastructure program.

He also reported that five more contract packages for the PNR Calamba Project are set for the opening of bids later this year.

PNR Calamba is part of the massive 147-kilometer North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) System which has 35 stations stretching from Calamba in Laguna to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

The NSCR System will have a fleet of 464 train cars or 58 trains sets, including seven (7) Airport Express train sets.

The NSCR System intends to cut travel time from the Clark International Airport to Calamba from more than 4 hours down to just 1.5 hours. AAC

DOTr inaugurates PH’s longest bike lane network in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has inaugurated the Philippines’ longest bike lane network in Metro Manila on Tuesday (July 27).

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor said the bike lane can accommodate 1,250 cyclists per hour for every meter of road space.

The Metro Manila Bike Lane Network has an overall length of 313 kilometers and cuts through 12 cities: Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and Taguig.

“With the completion of bike lanes, cyclists are provided with safe spaces on the road as they pedal to work and to other places,” according to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade in his message delivered by Pastor.

May lugar na para sa ating mga siklista dito sa ating pangunahing kalsada. Malaking hakbang po ito nang sa ganoon ay mabago natin ang nakagawiang sistema at maitanim natin ang kultura, disiplina at kaayusan sa ating kalsada (There are now areas for our cycliss on major roads. This is a huge step for us so that we can change the old system and instill culture, discipline, and order on our roads),” Pastor said.

Meanwhile, the transport official also shared that other parts of Metro Manila will also have their own bike lanes soon.

Pastor said there will be a South National Capital Region (NCR) which was procured by the Department of Public Works and Highways together with DOTr, which will be  Las Piñas, Muntinlupa at Parañaque. AAC

DOTr encourages private motorists to take EDSA busway, MRT-3 amid heavy traffic

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the heavy traffic on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has encouraged private vehicle owners to take public transportation.

In a statement, the department said that taking the EDSA Busway System and the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) would help ease the heavy congestion along EDSA.

The DOTr assured that operations of the EDSA Busway System and the MRT-3 remain smooth and travel time is still fast for commuters. From 3 to 4 hours of travel time from Monumento to PITX, it is reduced to 45 minutes to 1 hour, according to the transportation department.

“Ang MRT-3 ay patuloy na nakakapagbibigay ngayon ng mas maganda, mas maayos, at mabilis na serbisyo sa ating mga commuter,” the department said in a statement.

MRT-3 operations would also improve once the massive rehabilitation and maintenance activities are completed by December 2021.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to resume the Service Contracting Program under the regular budget of the national government. This is to provide incentives to PUVs that provide free rides to commuters. AAC

PNR Calamba to generate over 10,000 jobs — DOTr

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 14, 2021

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

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