PNR to step up security efforts to protect trains, passengers

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2020   •   439

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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PNR rolls out 2 new trains for Tutuban-Alabang route

Robie de Guzman   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Thursday deployed its two new trains to operate in Tutuban-Alabang route after its send-off ceremony and class assignment.

According to PNR general manager Junn Magno, the new trainsets which are part of the 8100 series of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) consist of four cars each and can carry up to 1,000 passengers per trip.

The train sets, which were acquired from Indonesian company PT Inka, are equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, air conditioning units, and handrails for increased passenger capacity and safety.

The trains also feature poly-carbonate windows capable of withstanding moderate damage caused by thrown rocks, and automatic safety doors equipped with a sensory feature that will easily open should someone or something is caught in between.

With the new trains, the Tutuban-Alabang route will now have a total of five trains.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, meanwhile, assured that PNR fare rates will not increase despite the deployment of new trainsets.

He also called on the public to be alert and immediately report any stone-throwing incident targeting PNR train units.

“Gusto nating manatiling matagal ang paggamit ng ating mga tren kailangan yung kooperasyon ng lahat gamitin ng tama huwag gumawa ng perwisyo, wag maging pasaway,” he said.

Magno said these train sets are part of the 37 railcars and three locomotives procured by the PNR which are expected to be completely delivered in the coming months.

“Hahabulin po natin na by the end of 2020, we should have enough capacity to serve the southern and part of the northern. Bubuksan na rin po natin yung Valenzuela line para ma-off load rin natin ang EDSA,” he said.

The PNR earlier deployed two other new trains to operate in Tutuban-FTI route in Taguig.

Once the delivery of new train sets is completed, PNR’s current 20,000 passenger capacity is expected to increase to 92,000, inching closer to its target of 200,000 daily passengers in the region. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Duterte inaugurates Sangley Airport in Cavite

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 17, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the Sangley Airport in Cavite on Saturday (February 15) which aims to ease the air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The Sangley Airport Development Project is under the Duterte Administration’s Build Build Build Program. Small commercial flights and light cargo aircraft are already operational since Saturday.

In his speech, President Duterte commended Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade for successfully completing the development project.

The President also said he will use Sangley Airport when he goes back to Davao after finishing his term.

“I will take my last flight as President to Davao. I will use this airport,” he said.

Once the project is completed, Sangley Airport will have four operational runways and a terminal which can accommodate 100 million passengers every year.—AAC (with reports from Benedict Samson)

PNR unveils two new train sets

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) unveiled two new train sets on Friday (February 14).

The two 8100 series of diesel multiple unit (DMU) delivered from Indonesia will begin operating on Tuesday (February 18) from Tutuban to Alabang station. It is expected that these series can serve 1,000 passengers per trip.

Passengers may avail free rides during the trains’ 150-hour validation and static test which will last for 10 days.

PNR General Manager Junn Magno led the unwrapping of the 8100 series consisting of two (2) trainsets with four-car formation per set.

“With the additional new trains, ang estimate namin, the whole fleet can now accommodate additional 35,000 passengers, and it will be increasing in the next few years,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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