The Philippine National Railways (PNR) unveiled its newest set of ‘diesel multiple unit’ (DMU) motor cars acquired from Indonesia just last week. Earlier today, December 16, the agency—together with the Department of Transportation (DOTR)—conducted the inaugural run of these new trains.
The run of the new DMU rail cars began at the Dela Rosa Station in Makati City and ended at the Tutuban Station in Manila, with the trip taking around 35 minutes. You can check out the official Facebook post from the DOTr below:
“Today, we are gathered here not only to take a ride on the train, but also to celebrate the transformation that is coming up and coming in, insofar as the PNR is concerned. Today, let’s celebrate the transformation,” said DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade during the event.
The six new cars make up two full train sets that, once fully deployed, will service up to 750 passengers each and add around 18 to 20 trips in total to the FTI-Tutuban and FTI-Malabon routes daily.
“This is the manifestation of all our hard work and the start of the transformation of Philippine railways. And this is the reflection of the leadership this country have today, starting with the President, with our [Transportation] Secretary and the people behind this success,” said PNR general manager Junn Magno.
On the other hand, House Committee on Transportation chairman Edgar Sarmiento requested the public to refrain from vandalizing or damaging the new trains: “Paminsan po, dumadaan po ang, train binabato natin, tinatapunan ng basura. Ang pakiusap ko po, ’wag naman sana. Ito po’y mahalin natin kasi sarili po natin ito. Wala pong magmamahal kundi tayong mga Pilipino.”
What do you think? You can check out more photos from the DOTr below, and share us your thoughts in the comments.