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Re: PNR’s Bicol Express
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2018, 05:53:52 PM »
https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1244574482348352?__tn__=K-R

PHL, China ink deal for Project Management Consultancy of PNR Bicol; exchange witnessed by President Duterte and President Xi

MAKATI CITY – The Philippines and China entered a contract for the Project Management Consultancy (PMC) of the 639-kilometer Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long-Haul Project (a.k.a. PNR Bicol) on Saturday, 17 November 2018, at the Chinese Embassy Economic and Commercial Section at South Forbes Park in Makati City.

The contract was exchanged between Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and China Railway Design Corporation (CRDC) Chairman of the Board Liu Weiqun yesterday, 20 November 2018, at Malacańang Palace, and was witnessed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Secretary Tugade and Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan signed on behalf of the Philippine government, and CRDC Chairman of the Board Liu Weiqun for the CRDC and Guangzhou Wanan Construction Supervision Co., Ltd. (WACC) Consortium of the People’s Republic of China.

The contract signing was witnessed by Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy to the Philippines Jin Yuan, DOTr Undersecretary for Finance Garry De Guzman, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Reinier Yebra, Undersecretary for Planning Ruben Reinoso, PNR General Manager Junn Magno, and CRDC Director Yang Xudong.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board previously approved the financing of the PNR Bicol Project through Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the Government of China.

The PNR Bicol Project is one of the flagship projects of the Duterte Administration under the “Build, Build, Build” Program. Upon completion, the PNR Bicol Project will connect Metro Manila, Region IV-A (Calabarzon), and Region V (Bicol), reducing travel time from Manila to Legazpi City from 13 hours to under 6 hours.

“The contract marks a milestone for the PNR South Long-Haul Project. Hereby, I commit that the CRDC and WACC Consortium will fully dedicate to the project, allocate the best resources, and do our best to perform the PMC services according to the contract stipulations and the requirements of the DOTr and PNR. We will contribute to make this important government-to-government cooperation project a high-quality elaborated project,” Chairman Weiqun said.

As with other ODA-financed projects, the DOTr engaged a PMC (also called a General Consultant) to provide consultancy services on technical and commercial matters concerning a project. Being a China ODA-financed contract, the selection of the PMC was based on a list of qualified and experienced bidders, as endorsed by the Chinese government.

For the PNR Bicol Project, the CRDC-WACC Consortium will conduct all pre-construction surveys (topographic, geotechnical, hydrological, parcellary, environmental, etc.), preparation of designs for bidding, preparation of bidding documents, bidding assistance, construction supervision, and defects liability period (warranty) supervision.

“I am very happy with our partnership with the Chinese Consortium, as this is our first contract with China for our railways sector. I am hoping that we continue this arrangement for more projects, including our Clark to Subic Railway project that I am hoping to be signed before the end of the year,” Secretary Tugade said.

“We will continue to improve our nation’s railways to better provide the riding public mobility and connectivity, and with the support of the Chinese government, we move closer to delivering President Duterte's promise of a more comfortable life for every Filipino,” Undersecretary Batan added.

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Re: PNR’s Bicol Express
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2019, 12:39:15 PM »
Gov’t to award Bicol rail project in 4th quarter
By: Miguel R. Camus - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:04 AM May 29, 2019

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) plans to award the construction packages for a long-haul railway line that will link Metro Manila to Bicol province south of Luzon by the fourth quarter of this year.

Timothy John Batan, transportation undersecretary for railways, said the 639-kilometer railway line to be funded by the Chinese government was on track for actual procurement in the coming weeks.

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The train line, formally known as the Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long-Haul Project, will cost around P175 billion, making it one of the biggest under the administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

Batan said the bidding terms of reference were currently being prepared by China Railway Design Corp., the project management consultant. The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) board previously approved the financing of the PNR Bicol Project through official development assistance (ODA) from the government of China.

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The DOTr earlier announced that the PNR to Bicol line would be partially operational before President Duterte steps down in 2022.

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Re: PNR’s Bicol Express
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2019, 08:51:09 AM »
PH, China to sign management consultancy loan for Manila-Bicol railway
By: Ben O. de Vera - Reporter / @bendeveraINQ Inquirer Business / 03:06 PM August 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine and Chinese governments will sign the loan agreement covering project management consultancy for the railway project that will run between Manila and Bicol during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China later this month, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

As for the initial phase of the Mindanao Railway Project in Davao Region, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said last week that “it’s scheduled for [financing by] China, as of now.”

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Re: PNR’s Bicol Express
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2019, 05:47:11 AM »
PH, China to sign ₱14-B loan for Bicol railway during Duterte-Xi meet
By Melissa Luz Lopez, CNN Philippines

Published Aug 28, 2019 6:27:23 PM

https://cnnphilippines.com/business/2019/8/28/Bicol-railway-loan-signing-Duterte-Xi-meeting-.html

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 28) — The Philippines will sign another loan deal with China, this time to fund the construction of a railway line to the Bicol Region, a Transportation official said.

The Philippine and Chinese governments will sign a ₱14-billion credit line for the Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Haul project that would link Manila to Bicol, Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan told CNN Philippines. This fulfills the project management consultancy component.

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Spanning 639 kilometers, the PNR South Haul line is one of the projects identified for Chinese funding. Once operational, travel time from Manila to Legazpi City will be reduced to six hours from 13 hours. The entire project costs ₱175 billion.

Last week, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the Philippines may also ink a loan deal for the ₱82.9-billion Mindanao railway project during the bilateral meetings scheduled in Beijing.

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Re: PNR’s Bicol Express
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2019, 08:16:31 AM »
Main Line South (MLS) railway is now open up to Iriga City

https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1465913326881132

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) just concluded an inspection trip through Tutuban, Manila; San Pablo, Laguna; Lucena City, Quezon Province; and Sipocot, Naga City and Iriga City in Camarines Sur.

The Main Line South (MLS) is now open up to Iriga City and ready to receive the transfer of rolling stock material between Manila and Bicol.

The PNR inspection team comprised of combined elements from PNR Operations Engineering, Rolling Stock Management and Planning left Manila on 20 September and returned on 23 September 2019.

The inspection trip coincided with the traditional Peńafrancia express special trip dispatched by PNR since 1939 to coincide with the feast day of Our Lady of Peńafrancia.

The Naga-Tutuban inspection run clocked in 12 hours and 44 minutes, 3 hours faster than the usual Naga-Manila rail trip duration.

The inspection was made in preparation for the reopening of the Sipocot-Naga-Legazpi commuter service. PNR completed in workshop rehabilitation the 60-year-old Kiha KH59 “Kogane” train for the event.

[Photo Courtesy: PNR Planning Engineer Kim Naniong]

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Re: PNR’s Bicol Express
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2019, 11:31:48 PM »
PNR rushes to acquire new trains, restore Manila-Naga rail line
By Lorenz S. Marasigan - November 6, 2019

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/11/06/pnr-rushes-to-acquire-new-trains-restore-manila-naga-rail-line/

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) is acquiring three additional fast long-haul locomotives to ply the Manila-Naga route for P1 billion, receiving two bids from foreign train manufacturers.

Junn B. Magno, general manager of the state-owned railway operator, said CRRC Corp. Ltd. of China and PT Industri Kereta Api (PT Inka) of Indonesia have submitted bids for the supply of three long-haul trains. Both companies are owned by their governments.

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Magno noted that his group will first start replacing the rails and build new ones for the service to be available before 2022. Construction works for the new rails are set for 2020. Once completed, the service will cut travel time from Manila to Naga to three hours.

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