Bulacan Gov Sy-Alvarado sees railway project as realization of Jose Rizal’s vision
Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado linked Friday the railway project connecting Manila to provinces in the north to the vision of national hero Jose Rizal of a progressive Philippines.
In his remarks at the Groundbreaking Ceremony and Start of the FullBlast Construction of the PNR Clark Phase 1 that will connect Tutuban in Manila to Malolos City, Sy-Alvarado looked back to an excerpt in Rizal’s “El Filibusterismo” which said, “Hindi maglalaon, lalaya ang ating bansa. Hindi maglalaon, uunlad ang ating bansa.”
“Inaasahan natin na sa pamamagitan ng proyektong ito, mapapalasap natin sa sambayanang Pilipino ang tunay na diwa ng kalayaan, kaunlaran at katiwasayan, at katuparan ng pangarap noon, the vision of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal,” the politiko said.
Sy-Alvarado joined Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and other officials in the launch in Malolos City of the actual construction of the PNR Clark Phase 1, which forms part of the North-South Commuter Railway Extension Project.
The 38-kilometer segment is expected to be operational in 2021, and will cut travel time between Manila and Bulacan to 35 minutes. The projected daily capacity is more than 340,000 passengers.
It will be integrated with PNR Clark Phase 2, going to Clark, Pampanga, and to the PNR South Commuter, going to Calamba, Laguna.
DOTr Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan said the entire railway stretch of 147 kilometers from Clark International Airport in Pampanga down to Calamba connects 26 localities. The fully-elevated, dual-track, electrified and high-capacity commuter railway system will have 37 stations, and a fleet of 58 8-car Train Sets, or a total of 464 Train Cars (bagon).(END)
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