Among these big transportation projects that the DOTr assures continuation in the next administration is the South Commuter Railway Project (SCRP) which is also called the PNR Calamba project.
On 16 June 2022, the Government of the Philippines and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed the $4.3 billion loan agreement for the 55.8-kilometer rail project which will have 18 stations and a 24-hactare depot.
It will stretch from Blumentritt in Manila, to Calamba City in Laguna. This project is the southern section of the massive North-South Commuter Railway System (NSCR).
“We will be concluding the six fruitful years of the Duterte administration. Over the last six years, the Duterte Administration has delivered. We delivered to the Filipino people more projects, more trains, and more progress in reviving the Philippine’s railway network than any other administration in recent history,” Secretary Tugade said.
A flagship project of the Duterte administration’s Build Build Build Program, the North-South Commuter Railway Project is also the ADB’s single-largest official development assistance loan for a project.
Once operational, the SCRP will cut travel time between Manila and Calamba from 1 to 2 hours by bus to 45 minutes to 1 hour by train. It will likewise have an estimated daily ridership of 600,000 passengers during full operations.
The SCRP has two special features: The Clark Airport Express Station in Makati City, and a seamless integration with the Metro Manila Subway Project.
Secretary Tugade said that once operational, passengers can conveniently board the Airport Express train in Makati City and arrive in the Clark International Airport within one hour.
Likewise, passengers from Calamba, Laguna will be able to travel to the BGC, Ortigas CBD, and the Unified Grand Common Station without having to change trains.
The SCRP also promises to decongest traffic, create over 48,000 direct jobs during its construction and over 9,000 jobs once the rail system goes into operation.
“The Duterte administration is now on its home stretch but vital transport infrastructures that benefit our kababayans shall continue to be pushed relentlessly to provide more convenience and inclusive growth for the country,” said Secretary Tugade.
Aside from spurring economic growth in Southern Luzon, all stations of the PNR Calamba will have universal access and intermodal facilities for easy transfer to other modes of public transportation.
The massive NSCR, with its three segments – the PNR Clark Phases 1 and 2 and the PNR Calamba are poised to improve local, national, and international connectivity with the direct link to the international airport at Clark, making it a gateway to Asian destinations.