Earlier this year, the Philippine government inked a partnership with Japan to develop the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project. The proposed railway aims to connect Philippine National Railways (PNR) lines from Clark, Pampanga, all the way to Calamba, Laguna.
Yesterday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that PNR Clark Phase 1 under the NSCR project has resumed construction. This phase will connect Tutuban, Manila, to Malolos, Bulacan.
Development on the first three stations spanning from Bocaue to Malolos began in February. This latest package of Phase 1 that commenced construction yesterday will build six stations in Solis, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, and Bocaue.
DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade led the start-of-works ceremony held at the NSCR Valenzuela Depot yesterday. In his statement, he said: “Last February, we started the actual construction of three stations, from Bocaue to Malolos. Now we are here to start the second phase of PNR Clark 1, from Tutuban to Bocaue. Masasakyan at ma-e-enjoy na ito ng ating mga kababayan, as today is a humble response to the President’s order to improve Filipino lives through enhanced mobility and connectivity.”
You may view the DOTr’s official Facebook statement below:
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