PNR Clark-Calamba railway project gets boost from ADB loan

Robie de Guzman   •   May 24, 2019   •   3984

Courtesy : DPWH Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced on Thursday it is extending a record loan of $2.75 billion to the Philippine National Railway (PNR)for the construction of two passenger railway projects.

The ADB disclosed in a press briefing held Thursday that the approved loan is its single largest infrastructure project financing ever.

The fund will cover the construction of the PNR Clark Phase 2, a 53- kilometer rail line under the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) that will connect Malolos, Bulacan to Clark, Pampanga; and the PNR Calamba, a 56-kilometer railway from Manila all the way to Calamba, Laguna.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said in a Facebook post that these projects form part of the 147-kilometer mass transportation railway connecting Clark in Pampanga, Metro Manila and Calamba in Laguna.

ADB APPROVES ITS BIGGEST LOAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF PNR CLARK PHASE 2, FIRST SEGMENT OF PNR CALAMBA The construction of…

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The ADB will be financing the civil works of PNR Clark Phase 2 and the first segment of PNR Calamba (Solis to Blumetritt in Makati), including its stations, bridges, viaducts for the elevated railway alignment, and a tunnel leading to the underground station at Clark International Airport. With this development, the PNR Clark Phase 2 will feature the first airport express railway service in the country.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade thanked the ADB for supporting the project as this will expedite the construction of the massive railway system that will seamlessly integrate three regions.

“The milestone we have reached today is a huge help for us to roll up our sleeves and start the actual construction at the soonest possible time. ADB is and will always be a strong partner in the development projects of the government that aim to give a comfortable life to Filipinos. We are grateful that the ADB shares our vision of enhancing mobility and connectivity in the country,” Tugade said.

For his part, ADB Philippines Country Director Kelly Bird cited the collective effort of the DOTr, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Department of Finance (DOF), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as their co-financing partner.

“It’s been a remarkable effort by the DOTr and its officials to make the preparations on time. This is quite an historic day for us. From a development perspective, we are pleased that this investment is taking place in ADB’s host country,” Bird said.

PNR Clark Phase 2 will have six train stations: Calumpit, Apalit, San Fernando, Angeles, Clark, and Clark Airport. The rail stations will include multi-modal facilities that will allow seamless transfer of commuters from public utility vehicles to trains.

The Malolos-Clark leg is targeted for partial operations by 2022. It aims to serve 350,000 passengers daily in its opening year, and 1 million passengers per day at full capacity in 2025.

Once PNR Clark Phase 2 is completed, travel time from Makati City to Clark, Pampanga will be reduced to 55 minutes from currently 3 hours.

The project is also expected to generate potential construction jobs of up to 20,000.

PUV drivers, pasahero na lalabag sa ‘no vax, no ride’ policy, posibleng maharap sa parusa – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Posibleng patawan ng parusa ang mga lalabag sa ipinatutupad na “no vaccination, no ride” policy sa mga pampublikong sasakyan sa Metro Manila sa gitna ng mataas na kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Ayon sa Department of Transportation (DOTr), ang mga tsuper ng public utility vehicles (PUV) na magpapasakay ng hindi bakunadong pasahero ay titikitan at pagmumultahin na ng mga otoridad simula ngayong Martes.

Batay sa alintuntunin ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), pagmumultahin ng P5,000 ang mga unang beses na lalabag sa polisiya, P10,000 at impounding ng sasakyan sa ikalawang paglabag, at P15,000 at suspensyon o kanselasyon ng prangkisa sa ikatlo o higit pang paglabag.

Bagaman hindi sakop ng DOTR ang pagpapataw ng parusa sa mga pasaherong hindi otorisadong bumiyahe, maaari pa ring pagmultahin ang mga ito batay sa nakasaad sa mga ordinansa na ipinasa ng local government unit (LGU) sa Metro Manila.

Maaari ding makasuhan ang mga pasaherong hindi susunod sa polisiya sa ilalim ng Republic Act 11332 o ang batas sa Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases And Health Events of Public Health Concern.

Kung mahuhulihan ng pekeng vaccination card ang pasahero ay may parusa itong pagkakakulong at nasa P1 milyong multa.

Ayon sa DOTr, naging mapayapa sa kabuuan ang unang araw ng pagpapatupad ng polisiya.

May naitala namang mahigit sa 1,700 na pasahero ng tren ang sumubok na sumakay kahit walang maipakitang vaccionation card noong Lunes.

Hindi saklaw ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy ang mga indibidwal na hindi maaaring bakunahan dahil sa medikal na kondisyon pati na ang mga lumabas lang para sa essential goods at services.

Ang mga pasaherong kasama sa exemptions ay pinapayuhang magdala ng dokumento gaya ng medical certificate o clearance mula sa barangay. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

1,749 commuters attempted to ride trains sans proof on first day of ‘no vax, no ride policy – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday reported that a total of 1,749 commuters attempted to take rail lines without showing proof of their COVID-19 immunization during the first day of the implementation of the “no vaccination, no ride” policy in Metro Manila.

In a statement, the DOTr said the breakdown of commuters who tried to board trains are as follows:

  • Philippine National Railways: 8
  • MRT-3: 1,204
  • LRT-2: 136
  • LRT-1: 401

The DOTr said the first day of the implementation of the policy was “generally peaceful.”

The Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) – the agencies primarily responsible for enforcing the policy in the road sector – said the first day of the policy’s implementation saw enforcers comprehensively explaining the guidelines of the DOTr order to commuters.

“According to reports from our men on the ground, most of the passengers were prepared for the policy. They voluntarily handed over their vaccination cards to our enforcers for thorough inspection and verification before boarding public utility vehicles (PUVs),” said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

“Since this is just the first day of the policy’s implementation, our enforcers were instructed to just issue the violators warnings instead of outrightly apprehending them for non-compliance,” said DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor.

“These persons were later properly turned over to their respective local government units (LGUs) for assistance,” added Pastor.

The “no vaccination, no ride” policy was implemented on Monday, January 17, 2022, in a bid to help curb the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 amid a recent spike in the number of infections in Metro Manila.

Tugade said the department’s “no vaccination, no ride” aims to also protect the unvaccinated from getting severe COVID-19 infections.

The policy will be in effect while a COVID-19 Alert Level 3 level or higher remains hoisted in the NCR as to be determined by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF).

Meanwhile, exempted from the “no vaccination, no ride” policy are the following:

  • Persons with medical conditions that prevent their full COVID-19 vaccination as shown by a duly-signed medical certificate with the name and contact details of their doctor.
  • Persons who will buy essential goods and services, such as but not limited to food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, energy, work, and medical and dental necessities, as shown by a duly issued barangay health pass or other proof to justify travel.

‘No vax, no ride’ policy, sinimulan nang ipatupad sa MRT-3

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Sinimulan nang ipatupad ngayong Lunes, Enero 17, ng Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) ang ‘no vaccination, no ride’ policy para sa mga pasahero nito.

Ang polisiya ay sang-ayon sa kautusang inilabas ng Department of Transportation (DOTr) na naglalayong protektahan ang kalusugan ng mga pasahero sa gitna ng lumulobong kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Una nang sinabi ng DOTr na ipinatutupad nito ang polisiya batay na rin sa pag-aaral na mas mapanganib ang COVID-19 para sa mga hindi pa bakunado laban sa nasabing sakit. Batay rin anila ito sa nilagdaang resolusyon ng Metro Manila Council na naglilimita sa paggalaw ng mga hindi pa bakunado.

Ayon kay MRT-3 Director for Operations Engineer Michael Capati, nasa 11 pasahero na ang hindi pinayagang makasakay sa mga tren matapos mabigong makapagpakita ng patunay na sila ay fully vaccinated na.

Sa ilalim ng polisiya, tanging mga pasaherong fully vaccinated o nakakumpleto ng primacy vaccine series ang maaaring makasakay ng tren, matapos makapagprisinta ng kanilang vaccination card at isang valid o government-issued ID sa security marshal sa istasyon.

Hindi kasama sa ‘no vaccination, no ride’ policy ang mga sumusunod:

  • may medical condition kung kaya’t hindi makapagpabakuna
  • mga pasaherong kukuha o maghahatid ng essential goods tula ng pagkain, gamot, tubjg, medical and dental necessities, public utilities, at iba pa
  • mga pasaherong nakai-schedule magpabakuna. Kinakailangang magpakita ng nararapat na dokumentasyon o patunay ng pasahero sa security marshal

Ang ‘no vaccination, no ride’ policy ay iiral habang nasa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 o mas mataas pa ang Metro Manila.

Samantala, nagpaalala naman ang DOTr sa mga pasahero nito na mahigpit pa ring ipinatutupad sa buong linya ng tren ang health and safety protocols, gaya ng pagbabawal kumain, uminom, makipag-usap sa telepono, at magsalita sa loob ng mga tren.

Mahigpit ding ipinatutupad ang pagsusuot ng face mask samantalang boluntaryo ang pagsusuot ng face shield.

Tuloy rin ang isinasagawang libre at boluntaryong COVID-19 antigen testing sa mga pasahero na magtatapos sa Enero 31.

 

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