Duterte's Tutuban-Malolos Railway Project to be constructed by Japan this year

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The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will start the major railway project of President Rodrigo Duterte by the fourth quarter of 2017. 
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The Tutuban-Malolos railway project is part of the P8-Trillion plan to modernize the country's infrastructure network that was denied by the previous administrations.

DOTr spokesperson Cherie Mercado said that JICA had completed the study of the project. The funds of the railway project will be funded through Official Development Assistance (ODA) by JICA.

November 2015, the administration of President Noynoy Aquino signed an agreement to provide the Philippines a loan up to 241.991 Billion yen for the North-South Commuter Railway Project (Malolos-Tutuban). The project was allegedly tainted by corruptions.

Meanwhile, President Duterte, in August 11, 2016 met with Japan Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida at the Presidential Guesthouse in Panacan, Davao City and discussed the project.

Aside from the project Tutuban-Malolos, the Japanese government is also helping in the feasibility study of a 55-kilometer railway line from Malolos, Bulacan to Clark.

Japan also offered to build the first 100 kilometers of the 2,000 kilometers Mindanao Railway system.

According to DOTr and JICA, "Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) will be used and applied to Tutuban-Malolos Railway project.

It is expected that high technology from Japan such as construction techniques for elevated railways, efficient signal systems and rolling stock will be utilized.


Source: Abs-Cbn / JICA / DOTr

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