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PNR North Railway
« on: September 13, 2018, 03:18:24 AM »
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North-South Commuter Railway project

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Northrail timeline
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jul 15 2008 01:13 PM | Updated as of Jul 15 2008 09:13 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/nation/07/15/08/track-northrail-timeline

September 1994 – President Fidel Ramos signed a memorandum of agreement with King Juan Carlos of Spain to build the Manila-to-Clark rail system.

August 22, 1995 - The North Luzon Railways Corp. (NLRC) was incorporated as a 100 percent-subsidiary of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA).

February 7, 1996 – NLRC entered into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contract (EPRC) with the Spanish Railways Corporation.

August 14, 1998 – The EPRC contract was terminated after parties failed to agree on the Northrail funding. 

September 1999 – The Investment Coordinating Committee (ICC) of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) approved the Manila-Clark Rapid Railway System, with Phase I covering the railway system from Caloocan to Calumpit, Bulacan. The Obuchi Fund from the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) was eyed as the source of funds.

November 2000 – As a requirement of the JBIC, relocation of squatters in Caloocan began.

February 2001 – A presidential directive halted the demolition and relocation activities. The JBIC loan did not materialize. 

September 14, 2002 – The Northrail project was included in the eight-point agenda of President Arroyo. After a series of talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between NorthRail and China National Machinery and Equipment Group (CNMEG) to update the alignment from Caloocan to Malolos.

August 5, 2003 – The NEDA-ICC approved the NorthRail Project Phase 1 Section 1 (Caloocan to Malolos) amounting to $503.04 million.

February 26, 2004 – Finance Secretary Juanita Amatong signed a Buyer Credit Loan Agreement (BCLA) with the Export-Import Bank of China, which allotted US$400-million for the North Rail Project. The Philippine government, through BCDA and NLRC, would shoulder $107 million of the costs.

September 29, 2004 – NRLC made the first drawdown of $150 million.

November 8, 2004 – In his privilege speech, Sen. Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel asked the Senate to delve into two issues concerning Northrail: the feasibility of relocating 40,000 residents in the railroad tracks in areas covered by the project and alleged overpricing of the NLRC-CNMEG contract.

November 2004-February 2005 – Senate committees on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement, Finance and Local Government, led by Sen. Rodolfo Biazon, conducted four public hearings which looked into the relocation of 40, 000 occupants in railroad tracks and alleged price-padding in the Northrail contract.
 
February 14, 2005 – Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, in his privilege speech, urged the Senate to probe the alleged overpricing and legal loopholes of the contract between NLRC and CNMEG.

June 15, 2005 – Senate committees on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement, Finance and Local Government submitted their report where they recommended the termination of hearings on issues of relocation following findings that resettlement funds, amounting to P6.6 billion, and relocation sites are available. They also pushed for the inquiry into the alleged anomalous Northrail contract by proper Senate committees.

July 25, 2005 – Oliver Lozano included the Northrail project in his amended impeachment complaint against Arroyo.

September 21-23, 2005 - The Senate, led by Senate President Franklin Drilon, issued invitations to members of the Executive Department to appear in a public hearing on the Northrail project.

September 28, 2005 – Arroyo issued EO 464, which required department heads to seek executive permission first before appearing in Senate hearings. It also gave teeth to executive privilege. On the same day, the Senate received a response from Executive Sec. Eduardo Ermita where he said that the officials invited for the hearing on Northrail have to decline because they don’t have the President’s consent.

September 29, 2005 – A study by the UP Law Center, commissioned by Drilon, recommended the cancellation of the contract between NLRC and CEGM following the lack of competitive bidding.  The study also posed doubts on the legality of the BCLA as it does not have the concurrence of the Monetary Board.

October 11, 2005 – The League of Urban Poor for Action (Lupa)-Bulacan chapter and lawyers from the University of the Philippines Law Center asked the Supreme Court to nullify the BCLA and the NLRTC-CEGM contract. The Senate also filed a petition questioning the constitutionality of E0 464, which led to the suspension of the hearings on Northrail following the need of department officials to seek the President’s consent first before testifying in Senate inquiries.

October 20, 2005 – The Supreme Court junked the petition of Lupa-Bulacan and UP Law Center, citing its lack of jurisdiction to try cases. Lead counsel for petitioners, Harry Roque, took the case to Makati RTC.


March 2006 – The Makati RTC resolved to hold preliminary hearings on the petition filed by Roque et al, but no hearings were held after the Philippine government filed a petition which argued that Roque’s group has no legal capacity to sue and the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case.

April 20, 2006 – The Supreme Court struck down portions of E0 464 where presidential consent is required for appearances in Senate hearings. 

June 26, 2006 – Alleged corruption in the Northrail project was included in the second impeachment raps filed against Arroyo.

August 2006 – The Chinese government increased the loan to $1 billion to extend NorthRail to Clark Freeport in Pampanga, the seat of Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.

May 15, 2007 - Judge Cesar Santamaria of Makati RTC Branch 45 issued an omnibus order that upheld the petition of Lupa-Bulacan and lawyers from UP Law Center.

October 2007 – NLRC, under its head Arsenio Bartolome III, started design and civil works in Northrail.

November 8, 2007 – Enrile said that after his privilege speech in 2005 where he raised allegations of overpricing in the NLRC-CNMEG contract, Speaker Jose de Venecia pleaded him not to “rock the boat” for the “good of the country.”   

November 20, 2007 – Senate Minority Leader Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel filed Resolution 210, which called for the reopening of the Senate inquiry into the Northrail project.

February 7, 2008 – The alleged overpricing in Northrail and Southrail, a $923 million-railway rehabilitation project funded also by China, came up in the testimony of Rodolfo ‘Jun’ Lozada Jr. in a Senate hearing on the now botched $329 million-NBN-ZTE deal.

February 2008 – The NLRC filed a motion for reconsideration at the Makati RTC where Judge Santamaria earlier junked twin petitions of the government that sought for the dismissal of the case filed by Lupa-Bulacan and UP Law Center.

May 14, 2008 – The National Housing Authority asked the government for a P2 billion-relocation fund for the 18,000 people occupying Pampanga, which is part of the Phase II of Northrail. Phase II of Northrail covers 58 kms. from Malolos to Pampanga.

May 15, 2008 – The Makati Regional Trial Court denied the motion for reconsideration filed by the Philippine government and CNMEG which asked for the dismissal of the petition filed by Lupa-Bulacan and UP Law Center and also questioned the jurisdiction of the regional court to hear the said case.

July 1, 2008 – NLRC president Edgardo Pamintuan said that CNMEG “demobilized” the Northrail project over differences on engineering and construction standards.

July 4, 2008 –Roque, one of the UP lawyers who sought the nullification of the loan and contract, said that CNMEG backed out of Northrail due to $150 million-worth of bribes demanded by local officials. Roque added that one official allegedly pocketed P500 million.

July 10, 2008 – Pamintuan retracted his earlier statement that CNMEG dropped the Northrail project, adding that the Chinese company could not just start their work because the NLRC has not yet fulfilled CNMEG’s order to clear eight old railway bridges. He ordered the demolition of the said railway systems in 45 days.

July 11, 2008 – The NLRC started its review of the Northrail contract following talks on the resumption of the Northrail project –research by Purple Romero
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Re: PNR North Railway
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2018, 04:06:59 AM »
WHAT WENT BEFORE: NorthRail Project
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:56 AM September 02, 2011

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/51619/what-went-before-northrail-project

The NorthRail project involves the rehabilitation of a train line connecting Metro Manila to provinces in northern Luzon.

The project, whose cost reportedly rose from an initial $503 million to about $2 billion, is considered overpriced. Sen. Franklin Drilon was once quoted to have called the project “the greatest train robbery in history.”

Allegations of overprice have hounded the project for years. In 2006, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago criticized the project for being overpriced. A 2005 study by the UP Law Center said the NorthRail contract had been improperly packaged as an executive agreement and was thus able to evade public bidding.

In February 2007, the Monetary Board approved a $500-million long-term loan from China Eximbank that would finance the first section of Phase I of the project.

In 2008, Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada, who blew the whistle on irregularities concerning the National Broadband Network deal with China’s ZTE Corp., said the ZTE deal would be done “on a loan project a la NorthRail.”

NorthRail and China National Machinery and Equipment Corp. (Group) signed the agreement to build the railway in December 2003. It has been said that former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. had brokered the entry of the Chinese government into the project.

In 2006, Jose Cortes, then president of NorthRail, said at a Senate hearing that De Venecia hosted meetings at his Makati City home between government officials and representatives of the Chinese Embassy to discuss the project.

Cortes said De Venecia “opened the doors” for the government to obtain funds from the Chinese government for the NorthRail and other projects.

Upon assuming office last year, the Aquino administration announced that the NorthRail contract would be reviewed by the Department of Transportation and Communications.

The 80-km railroad, a flagship program of the Arroyo administration, will link the northern flank of Metro Manila with the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport at the Clark free port in Pampanga province.

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PH gov't ends dispute with China's Sinomach over Northrail project
This resolves an international arbitration case and spares the Philippines from P5 billion in potential fees, says the government

Chrisee Dela Paz
Published 10:05 PM, November 06, 2017
Updated 11:29 PM, November 06, 2017

https://www.rappler.com/business/187551-philippines-dotr-bcda-end-dispute-china-sinomach-northrail

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government finally resolved a 5-year row with a Chinese machinery conglomerate over a dropped rail deal, putting an end to international arbitration and sparing the country from a P5-billion obligation.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said in a joint statement on Monday, November 6, that they, along with North Luzon Railways Corporation (Northrail), concluded an out-of-court settlement agreement with China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach).

Sinomach is the former contractor of the planned 80-kilometer rail line, which was to be implemented by Northrail, an agency under state-run BCDA.

The Northrail project was supposed to link the northern part of Metro Manila to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

But the rail deal was suspended in March 2010 pending review of the contract with Sinomach. In 2012, the contract was dropped after China called off the overseas development assistance fund for the project. (READ: 17 stations of Manila-Clark Railway announced)

In the same year, Sinomach initiated arbitration proceedings in Hong Kong, after it was notified by Northrail that it could no longer proceed with the implementation of the project due to serious legal issues in the contracts.

It was just this January when talks between the Philippine government and Sinomach started, the transportation department said. (READ: Isko Moreno resigns from Duterte government)

The DOTr said the out-of-court settlement agreement was approved by the Commission on Audit (COA), and also certified legal and enforceable by the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC).

"[This] will save the Philippine government upwards of $100 million, or more than P5 billion in potential payment of claims to Sinomach, as well as hundreds of millions of pesos in legal fees and arbitration costs," the joint statement reads.

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The transportation department added that the agreement ensures no contractual issues will hamper or compromise the development of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Manila-Clark Railway project.

The PNR Manila-Clark Railway project was conceptualized as early as 1995 when Northrail was incorporated.

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Northrail settlement spares PH from payment of P5-B claims to Chinese firm: DOTr
By News5-InterAksyon | November 6, 2017, 6:25 pm

http://www.interaksyon.com/northrail-settlement-spares-ph-from-payment-of-p5-b-claims-to-chinese-firm-dotr/

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As of March 2017, NORTHRAIL, a fully-owned subsidiary of BCDA, has already spent P161 million for its participation in arbitration proceedings, including fees for its legal consultants. Without the Settlement Agreement, NORTHRAIL expects to spend an additional P500 million if the arbitration hearings originally scheduled in November 2017 would take place.

The signing of the Settlement Agreement was witnessed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano, and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua. Also present in the event were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Budget Secretary Ben Diokno.

Manila to Clark Railway

Besides avoiding the potential $106-million liability and more than P500 million in additional legal expenses, the Settlement Agreement will ensure that there will be no more contractual issues that may hamper or compromise the development of the DOTr-Philippine National Railways (PNR) Manila to Clark Railway project. The latter is one of the top priorities under the Duterte Administration’s Build, Build, Build program.

The PNR Manila to Clark Railway project is expected to serve as a catalyst to decongesting Metro Manila, and at the same time bring growth to the regions north of the capital, particularly Central Luzon, where an estimated 11.22 million Filipinos reside and earn their living.

This railway project, which was conceptualized as early as 1995 when NORTHRAIL was incorporated, has long been delayed and was subject of many controversies. However, the Duterte administration, through the DOTr, has expressed its full commitment to finally deliver this project before the end of the President’s term, DOTr said.

Hong Kong arbitration

The settlement will put an end to the arbitration proceedings initiated by SINOMACH in 2012 after it was notified by NORTHRAIL that it can no longer proceed with the implementation of the project due to serious legal issues in the contracts. The seat of the arbitration proceedings is in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China.

In February 2016, NORTHRAIL lost the first phase of the arbitration proceedings. The Arbitral Tribunal in Hong Kong published a Partial Award, which upheld the validity of the contracts with SINOMACH.

Having found SINOMACH’s claims meritorious, the Tribunal also ordered NORTHRAIL to bear all costs relating to the first phase of arbitration. It thereafter directed the parties to proceed with the next phase, which is the determination of liability and extent of liability. SINOMACH is claiming almost $106 million from NORTHRAIL for costs it incurred under the contracts and for damages.

Liability for overpricing

Despite the signing of the Settlement Agreement, both DOTr Secretary Tugade and BCDA President Dizon said that, in the spirit of truth and justice, the administration will still go after the government officials involved in the allegedly anomalous and/or overpriced contracts.

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Northrail, Chinese firm ink out-of-court settlement
Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) - November 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

The settlement puts an end to the arbitration proceedings initiated by Sinomach in 2012 in Hong Kong after being notified by Northrail it could no longer proceed with the implementation of the project due to serious legal issues in the contracts.

Initiated by the Arroyo administration, the project was supposed to link the northern part of Metro Manila with the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga.

The project was scrapped by the Aquino government due to legal questions and allegations of corruption.

“The historic settlement agreement, which was approved by the Commission on Audit and was likewise reviewed and certified legal and enforceable under Philippine law by the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel, will save the Philippine government upwards of $100 million, or more than P5 billion in potential payment of claims to Sinomach, as well as hundreds of millions of pesos in legal fees and arbitration costs,” the DOTr said.

The settlement would also ensure the development of the Manila to Clark Railway project would proceed without issues.

The P255-billion Manila to Clark Railway is among the priority projects under the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build program.

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Read more at https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/11/06/1756463/northrail-chinese-firm-ink-out-court-settlement#0I65eUuqkeWOTHZ7.99
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Re: PNR North Railway
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2018, 04:36:44 AM »
17 stations of Manila-Clark Railway announced
(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation says it aims to start the construction of the railway system in the last quarter of 2017 and finish it by 2021

Chrisee Dela Paz
Published 10:35 PM, June 25, 2017
Updated 9:03 AM, June 26, 2017

https://www.rappler.com/business/173929-manila-clark-railway-stations-revealed-dotr

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Tutuban, Tondo, Caloocan, and Valenzuela in Metro Manila, as well as Meycauayan and Marilao in Bulacan, will be the first 6 stations of a mass transit railway that will connect commuters from Manila to Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

This was announced by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) a day ahead of a station marking event for the P225-billion Manila-Clark Railway, which will be funded through official development assistance (ODA) from Japan.

The project that will once again connect Central Luzon and Metro Manila by rail "will be completed under the Duterte administration," Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said in a statement on Sunday, June 25.

Eleven other stations are Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Malolos, and Calumpit in Bulacan, plus Apalit, San Fernando, Angeles, Clark, and Clark International Airport in Pampanga, and the proposed New Clark City in Tarlac.

The 106-kilometer railway project is one of the "high-impact projects" of President Rodrigo Duterte under the government's "Build Build Build" infrastructure program.

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DOTr groundbreaks Manila -Clark rail project
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2018, 07:37:12 AM »
DOTr groundbreaks Manila -Clark rail project
Louella Desiderio (The Philippine Star) - January 6, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) started yesterday pre-construction activities for the first phase of the Philippine National Railways line linking Metro Manila to Clark.

During the groundbreaking ceremony held yesterday in Marilao, Bulacan for the Advance Contruction Mobilization for Phase 1 of the PNR Clark Railway, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the government has decided to begin pre-construction works such as site clearing, realignment or relocation of utility lines, as well as acquisition of right of way to get the project moving.

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The project is seen to ease   vehicular traffic in Metro Manila and speed up travel to north of the metropolis, especially key areas of Central Luzon where modern townships are being developed.

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The first phase of the PNR Clark Railway covers the 38-kilometer segment from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in Bulacan.

The Tutuban to Malolos segment, which is also known as the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project, was approved by the National Economic and Development Authority Board in February 2015.

In November of the same year, the Japanese official development assistance loan for the project was signed.

The Tutuban to Malolos segment will have 10 stations and is expected to serve 340,000 passengers daily.

Once the project is completed, commuters from Tutuban are expected to reach Malolos in 35 minutes.

Japan International Cooperation Agency representative Susumo Ito said in the same event the project would be a major game changer in terms of opening opportunities in the economies surrounding of  Metro Manila, particularly in the North. 

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TRAIN TO BULACAN | DOTr breaks ground for Tutuban-Malolos segment of PNR Clark project
By Hannibal Talete, News5 | InterAksyon | January 5, 2018, 1:57 pm

http://www.interaksyon.com/train-to-bulacan-dotr-breaks-ground-for-tutuban-malolos-segment-of-pnr-clark-project/

MANILA – The Department of Transportation broke ground Friday (Jan. 5) for Phase 1 of the Philippine National Railways line linking Metro Manila to Clark Field, with this first segment running from Tutuban station in Manila to historic Malolos town in Bulacan.

The groundbreaking was held Friday morning for the Advance Construction Mobilization for Phase 1 of the Clark railway at an open area in Maria Socorro, Marilao, Bulacan, and graced by transportation and local officials.

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According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Railways Timothy John Batan the pre-construction phase will be handled by an interagency group and the local government, particularly the site clearing, road levelling and the removal of structures that obstruct the rail lines.

Phase 1 of the PNR Clark project runs 38 kilometers from Tutuban to Malolos.

It has 10 stations and is expected to serve on average 340,000 people daily.

The project, envisioned to cut travel time from Tutuban to Malolos to only 35 minutes, is part of the Duterte administration’s flagship Build, Build Build program.

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In November last year, the DOTr took a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to finance the north-south commuter railway project’s Tutuban-Malolos component.

The Tutuban to Malolos segment is targeted to be partially completed by 2020 and fully operational by 2021.
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2018, 01:24:04 PM »
ADB, JICA to fund Malolos-Clark railway
Published July 20, 2018, 9:28 PM
By Franco Regala

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/07/20/adb-jica-to-fund-malolos-clark-railway/

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will co-finance for the construction of the Malolos-Clark rail project, Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy Batan said Friday.

Batan said that the 69.5-kilometer rail project will connect Malolos to Clark International Airport segment of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) North Phase 2 project.

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According to the official, PNR North 2 will be an electrified, fully elevated, and a standard-gauge railway.It is designed to ensure seamless interoperability for the entire Philippine railways system.

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Phase 2 will complement the PNR North Phase 1 which runs from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos City.


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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2018, 03:21:49 AM »
Gov’t lines up priority infrastructure for 2019
August 29, 2018 | 12:32 am

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Reporter

http://www.bworldonline.com/govt-lines-up-priority-infrastructure-for-2019/

THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION has lined up the start of P36.23 billion worth of large-scale flood control, road and railway projects next year, which marks the midterm of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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For road and bridge projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the list consists of the P3.57-billion Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project, P2.34-billion Road Upgrading and Preservation Project and the P1.85-billion first phase of the Central Luzon Link Expressway Project.

Also to be implemented by DPWH are the P2.2-billion first phase of the Metro Manila Flood Management Project and the P1.68-billion Flood Risk Management Project covering areas adjacent to the Cagayan, Tagoloan and Imus Rivers.

Next year also marks the start of five railway projects under the Department of Transportation, namely: the P14.04-billion, 37.9-kilometer Philippine National Railway (PNR) North 1 linking Tutuban in Metro Manila and Malolos, Bulacan; the P2.91-billion 102-kilometer first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project that will run through Digos, Davao and Tagum cities in Mindanao; the P1.52-billion first phase of the Metro Manila Subway Project that will include the first three stations along Mindanao Avenue, Tandang Sora and North Avenue, in Quezon City; and the P1.42-billion PNR South Commuter Solis-Los Baños Project.

The government will also provide a P4.7-billion subsidy for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3.

MAKING UP FOR PAST NEGLECT

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Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark A. Villar said in the same forum that the government has “never spent so much in the history of the department with a 40% higher disbursement rate.”

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One of the concrete columns built for the shelved Northrail project stands near MacArthur Highway in the City of Malolos in Bulacan province. —CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE

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Concrete posts put up in 2013 for the Northrail project stand idly on MacArthur Highway in Malolos, stretching from Fausta Road to Calumpit town in Bulacan.

Glen Reyes, Bulacan provincial engineer, said the local government was not aware if the structures would be used in the new railway project.

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Japan, China to help build PH railways
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:40 AM November 09, 2017

CLARK FREEPORT — Japan will take the lead in completing a railway connecting Manila to Clark, while the Chinese state firm Sinomach (China National Machinery Industry Corp.) will concentrate on building a railway from Manila to Legazpi City, the Department of Transportation  said here on Wednesday.

Japan’s official development assistance will fund the construction of the P105-billion Philippine National Railways (PNR) Phase 1 project from Tutuban at Divisoria in Manila to the City of Malolos in Bulacan province, and the P211-billion PNR Phase 2 project connecting Malolos to Clark, said Timothy John Batan, transportation assistant secretary for railways.

“The projects will be constructed by Japan. It will still go through the process of bidding but only among Japanese contractors,” Batan said.

Sinomach, he said, would instead build the PNR line from Manila to Legazpi City in Albay province.

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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2018, 08:39:39 AM »
ADB approves Malolos-Clark rail assistance package
September 2, 2018 | 9:01 pm
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http://www.bworldonline.com/adb-approves-malolos-clark-rail-assistance-package/

THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT Bank (ADB) has approved a $2-million technical assistance grant for the 51-kilometer Malolos-Clark railway.

The ADB approved the Railway Project Implementation Support and Institutional Strengthening project on Aug. 22, drawn from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, according to ADB documents.

The grant seeks to “help the government to prepare project implementation and project management, establish the institutional structure as required under the policy framework for the future railway sector in the Philippines and develop the capacity to manage operation and maintain the ensuing project.”

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Duterte gov’t reviving Manila to North railway plan
By: Miguel R. Camus - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:45 AM November 15, 2017

The Duterte administration is reviving a plan to rebuild Luzon’s northern railway network, which would link Manila to the provinces of Tarlac, La Union and Cagayan, the Department of Transportation said. INQUIRER FILE

The Duterte administration is reviving a plan to rebuild Luzon’s northern railway network, which would link Manila to the provinces of Tarlac, La Union and Cagayan.

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The DOTr wants to extend the planned Manila-Clark railway line to San Fernando, La Union; Tarlac and Tuguegarao. It said the Japan-funded P316 billion Manila-Clark railway line, comprised of two phases, will start construction by end-2017 or early 2018.

The Northern Luzon railway corridor was last referenced by the department in an August 2015 project brief on the North-South Railway project, which was then part of the Public Private Partnership pipeline.

That project involved a long-haul line from Manila to San Fernando spanning 266-km, an extension from San Jose City in Nueva Ecija to Cagayan Province, and a 55-km branch line from Tarlac Province to San Jose City.

This was part of a broader goal of reviving a once robust Luzon railway system that in the 1970s spanned 900 kilometers linking La Union province in the north to Legazpi City in the Bicol region in the south.

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The Duterte administration also said it would pursue a Japan-funded P360 billion Metro Manila subway project, which would link Quezon City and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It is likewise targeting a loan deal with China for a train line connecting Manila to Matnog, Sorsogon in the Bicol region of southern Luzon.

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Re: PNR North Railway
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2018, 03:20:15 PM »
Preps begin for Phase 1 of PNR Clark railway project
By PTV News - January 6, 2018

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MARILAO, Bulacan — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) began Friday various preparations for the construction of the first phase of the PNR Clark railway project that will run from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in Bulacan province.

Pre-construction activities include site clearing, grading of unleveled surfaces, and demolition of obstructions to the PNR line.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the department is committed to pursuing measures, such as doing parallel activities, to fast-track the completion of the railway project.

Tugade noted that based on previous practices, site clearing works had to wait after the awarding of a project to a general contractor.

“DOTr understands the need to complete this project faster. That is why we pursued these works parallel with the procurement of the general contractor, which is scheduled to be selected by the second quarter of 2018 for PNR Clark Phase 1,” Tugade said in his address during the commencement of works for the railway project in Barangay Tabing-Ilog in Marilao, Bulacan.

Tugade also appealed to Bulacan’s local government officials to assist the department in right-of-way issues by informing their constituents of the benefits of the railway system.

“Tulungan ninyo kami sa right of way. Hindi namin kakayanin mag-isa yan. Tulungan ninyo kami na masabihan ang ating mga kababayan na tatamaan ng proyekto para ito sa ikabubuti ng sambayanang Pilipino (We seek your help in settling right-of-way issues. We cannot do this alone. Help us inform those who might be affected by the construction of the railway project that this is for the benefit of our countrymen,” Tugade said.

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Phase 1 of the PNR Clark Project involves the construction of the rail system along the 38-km. segment from Tutuban, Manila to Malolos, Bulacan. Once completed in 2021, it will have 10 stations and is expected to serve an estimated 340,000 passengers daily.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has already approved Phase 2 of the project, a 70-km. stretch from Malolos, Bulacan to Clark, Pampanga, to be further extended north to La Union, Tuguegarao, and the Subic Freeport. (Aerol John Pateña/PNA)


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DOTr to start building 6 stations under PNR Clark Phase 1 Project
By Aerol John Pateña May 17, 2019, 9:41 pm

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MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will start on Monday the construction of six stations under the Tutuban to Bocaue segment of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project.

In a statement Friday, the DOTr said the stations that will be built are Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao and Bocaue which comprises the first package of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1.

“The six stations will be built following the signing of the contract for the civil works of the PNR Clark Phase 1,” said the DOTr.

Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Hope Libiran stated in an earlier interview that the DOTr has awarded to the consortium of DMCI Holdings Inc. and a Japanese firm the first construction package of the PNR Clark Phase 1 Project.

Its second package, which runs from Bocaue to Malolos, was awarded to the consortium of Sumitomo-Mitsui Construction Co. Ltd. last January.

The civil works and building components of the project have two contract packages: the first covers elevated structures, seven stations and a depot while the second includes elevated structures and three stations.

The groundbreaking of the PNR Clark Phase 1 Project was held last February 15 in Malolos, Bulacan.

The project involves a 38-kilometer rail line from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in the province of Bulacan, which is seen to serve around 340,000 passengers daily once it starts operations in 2021.

The DOTr expects travel time from Manila to Bulacan to be reduced by around 35 minutes from the current 1.5 hours

The 147-kilometer NSCR Project estimated to cost around PHP 777.55 billion will have 36 stations from Clark International Airport to Calamba, Laguna.

The railway project will connect PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos) PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark) and the PNR Calamba Project, which will run from Manila to Calamba.

It will also link with existing railway lines LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3 and the Metro Manila Subway. (PNA)

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