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Old November 13th, 2017, 03:48 PM   #101
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Japan, China to help build PH railways

Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:40 AM November 09, 2017


One of the concrete columns built for the shelved Northrail project stands near MacArthur Highway in the City of Malolos in Bulacan province. —CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE

CLARK FREEPORT — Japan will take the lead in completing a railway connecting Manila to Clark, while the Chinese state firm Sinomach (China National Machinery Industry Corp.) will concentrate on building a railway from Manila to Legazpi City, the Department of Transportation said here on Wednesday.

Japan’s official development assistance will fund the construction of the P105-billion Philippine National Railways (PNR) Phase 1 project from Tutuban at Divisoria in Manila to the City of Malolos in Bulacan province, and the P211-billion PNR Phase 2 project connecting Malolos to Clark, said Timothy John Batan, transportation assistant secretary for railways.

“The projects will be constructed by Japan. It will still go through the process of bidding but only among Japanese contractors,” Batan said.

Sinomach, he said, would instead build the PNR line from Manila to Legazpi City in Albay province.

On Monday, Sinomach and the government settled a contractual dispute involving the original Northrail project that was started in the 1990s.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said both sides agreed to drop all lawsuits, sparing the government from paying over P5 billion in potential damage to Sinomach and almost P500 million in legal fees.

Sinomach had backed out from the project in 2008 after completing almost 23 percent of the work.

Concrete posts put up in 2013 for the Northrail project stand idly on MacArthur Highway in Malolos, stretching from Fausta Road to Calumpit town in Bulacan.

Glen Reyes, Bulacan provincial engineer, said the local government was not aware if the structures would be used in the new railway project.

Groundbreaking for Phase 1 of the PNR line has been scheduled in December or the first months of 2018, while Phase 2 is expected to start in 2019.

Business and local government leaders in Central Luzon hailed the end to the 10-year Northrail conflict and the new railway system connecting Manila and Clark International Airport here.

Renato Romero, vice chair of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the region had been waiting for a modern railway to Clark for three decades now.
He also urged the national government to continue investigating public officials who committed alleged irregularities that delayed the Northrail project for almost 10 years since 2008.

Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, chair of the regional development council, said the new railway project was “consistent with several focus programs of the Duterte administration, including the decongestion of Metro Manila and the full development of the Clark International Airport to be one of the country’s premier gateways.”

“This will result in more progressive growth for key areas of the region specifically Metro Clark and major cities and towns in Bulacan and Pampanga,” said Pamintuan.

An effective mass transport system between Metro Manila and Central Luzon is badly needed and long overdue, said Frank Villanueva, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry governor in Central Luzon. —Tonette Orejas

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Old November 13th, 2017, 03:57 PM   #102
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New rail projects in, informal settlers out
05:48 AM November 13, 2017



Remnants of what used to be Tutuban Philippine National Railway station still stand in Bulacan’s City of Malolos. Relics of stations in the Bulacan towns of Guiguinto and Balagtas still look sturdy. —Carmel Reyes-Estrope

CLARK FREEPORT — Thousands of informal settlers would be moved out of communities that mushroomed around rail tracks that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) would revive for two new train projects connecting Manila to Clark and Manila to the Bicol region, according to officials.

The tracks belonged to the Philippine National Railways (PNR).
Timothy John Batan, assistant transportation secretary for railways, said the government would use right of way already owned by PNR.

The National Housing Authority (NHA) would have to remove 18,455 families from PNR tracks in Bulacan and Pampanga provinces. Shanties along or on railroad tracks had been called homes “along da riles” (homes along the tracks), after the popular 1990s television comedy series “Home Along Da Riles,” which starred the late comedian Dolphy.

Batan said the DOTr would work with the NHA, the Social Housing Finance Corp., the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, local governments and other agencies to resettle these families.

41,000 families

Covered by the new projects were 41,000 families in the cities of Malabon, Caloocan and Valenzuela in Metro Manila; the towns of Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas and Guiguinto, and the City of Malolos in Bulacan; and the towns of Apalit, San Simon and San Luis, and the cities of San Fernando, Angeles and Mabalacat in Pampanga.

It was not immediately known how many informal settlers had been transferred to relocation sites, how many had remained at the tracks and how many had moved back.

The Japanese and Chinese governments would finance the construction of the Manila-Clark and Manila-Bicol railways.

A Japanese loan would finance the Manila-Clark railway project, which became possible after the DOTr and Chinese-state-run firm Sinomach (China National Machinery Industry Corp.) resolved to drop legal and arbitration cases over the shelved Northrail project linking Caloocan City to the City of Malolos.

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Questions over the validity of the project delayed it by almost 10 years and arbitration proceedings dragged on for another five years.

NR Phase 1, which runs from Tutuban in Divisoria, Manila, to Malolos, costs P105 billion. Phase 2 from Malolos to Clark requires a P211 billion outlay.

Batan said these two phases of the Manila-to-Clark railway had been approved by the board of the National Economic and Development Authority and would be bid out “but only among Japanese contractors.” —Tonette Orejas

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Old November 13th, 2017, 07:09 PM   #103
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CLARK FREEPORT — Japan will take the lead in completing a railway connecting Manila to Clark, while the Chinese state firm Sinomach (China National Machinery Industry Corp.) will concentrate on building a railway from Manila to Legazpi City, the Department of Transportation said here on Wednesday.
Wait lang, China nga ang gagawa ng Southrail pero hindi pa naman nade-define kung sino yung contractor ah?! Bakit sabi dito Sinomach na? If I am not mistaken, dadaan pa ito sa bidding.
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Remnants of what used to be Tutuban Philippine National Railway station still stand in Bulacan’s City of Malolos. Relics of stations in the Bulacan towns of Guiguinto and Balagtas still look sturdy. —Carmel Reyes-Estrope
Seriously PDI, wala ng fact-checking?!
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Ang PNR North po ba Japan ang contractor o wala pa?
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Old November 14th, 2017, 05:43 AM   #106
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Seriously PDI, wala ng fact-checking?!
Nagtaka ka pa sa PDI.

Yiung PNR MLS wet dream, diba asa ligawan stage pa lang to for $$$? Ni wala pang firm commitment China dito.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 09:07 AM   #107
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Russia interested in North Rail project
By Marichu Villanueva (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 14, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Russians would like to help restart the long-stalled North Rail project, a possibility to be formally explored in bilateral talks with Philippine government officials last night.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade disclosed to The STAR the Russian proposal on the North Rail project is in the bilateral discussions with the official delegation of Russian Federation Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Tugade is part of the Philippine panel of government officials who will join President Duterte in talks with his Russian counterpart.

He earlier signed the memorandum of agreement with China on the official withdrawal from the North Rail project that was sidetracked during previous administrations amid corruption allegations.

The North Luzon Railways Corp. (Northrail) has reached an out-of-court settlement with China National Machinery & Equipment Corp. Group, now known as China National Machinery Industry Corp. (Sinomach), in an arbitration case involving the 80-kilometer railroad linking the northern part of Metro Manila to the Clark International Airport.

The settlement practically ensures the Manila to Clark Railway project will proceed without issue. The P255-billion Manila to Clark Railway is among the priority projects under the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build program.

Through the project, the government aims to decongest Metro Manila and at the same time bring growth to the northern regions. The railway is expected to serve about 350,000 passengers per day in its first year of operations.

Tugade pointed out that the Russian offer to build the North Rail would be an opportunity to revive this much needed railway system.

The Russian Federation prime minister is here attending the East Asia Summit (EAS) taking place after the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders’ Summit being hosted this year by the Philippines.

On the eve of EAS, Medvedev confirmed Russian interest to promote trade, industry and other economic partnerships with the Philippines and the rest of the 10-member ASEAN.

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Old November 14th, 2017, 09:09 AM   #108
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Another contractor? Or For PNR North to Ilocos? Opinion ko lang
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This may be to Clark to La Union revivall with the Ilocos extension [sama nadin Cagayan].

Manila - Malolos = JICA [locked and loaded]
Malolos - Clark = being looked to be financed by JICA as well

Here's the story from GMANews [mas maganda yung pagkakasulat nito = a NL railway, NOT the well-known Northrail.

Take note: this Russian initiative has no firm agreements yet.

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Russia to explore dev’t assistance for Northern Luzon railway
Published November 14, 2017 3:19pm
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The governments of Russia and the Philippines will explore Russian development assistance for a Northern Luzon railway initiative, a top official of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Tuesday.

"Russian assistance will commence with a grant for the preparation of a detailed feasibility study," Transportation Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Leah Quiambao told reporters in a text message.

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The Transportation official said no specific amount and timeline was discussed yet for the possible Russian assistance.
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Old November 14th, 2017, 10:40 AM   #110
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May nabasa ako about sa article:

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"Russia is expected to bring with it its development experience, gained in the course of building its 86,000 km of mainline and 60,000 km of secondary railway lines," Quiambao said.
Are you telling me, 86,000 km of mainline at 60,000 km of secondary ay magkakaroon na dito?
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Seriously PDI, wala ng fact-checking?!
Di kaya from the archives lang yung article tapos inedit na lang?
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Are you telling me, 86,000 km of mainline at 60,000 km of secondary ay magkakaroon na dito?
"in the course of building its" - pertaining to Russia's experience.
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Are you telling me, 86,000 km of mainline at 60,000 km of secondary ay magkakaroon na dito?

Basa muna maigi
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Be gentle mga bossing, baguhan sa SSC
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Duterte gov’t reviving Manila to North railway plan
By: Miguel R. Camus - @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 06:45 AM November 15, 2017



The Duterte administration is reviving a plan to rebuild Luzon’s northern railway network, which would link Manila to the provinces of Tarlac, La Union and Cagayan, the Department of Transportation said. INQUIRER FILE

The Duterte administration is reviving a plan to rebuild Luzon’s northern railway network, which would link Manila to the provinces of Tarlac, La Union and Cagayan.

This was revealed Tuesday by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), which held bilateral talks with counterparts from Russia during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit.

DOTr assistant secretary Leah Quiambao said the Philippines and Russia are exploring cooperation on several areas. This includes a possible grant from Russia to finance a study on the “Northern Luzon railway corridor”, or areas to the north beyond the New Clark City in Pampanga.

“Russia is expected to bring with it its development experience, gained in the course of building its 86,000-kilometers of mainline and 60,000-km of secondary railway lines,” Quiambao said. Details on the grant were not immediately available and definite commitments have yet to be signed.

The DOTr wants to extend the planned Manila-Clark railway line to San Fernando, La Union; Tarlac and Tuguegarao. It said the Japan-funded P316 billion Manila-Clark railway line, comprised of two phases, will start construction by end-2017 or early 2018.

The Northern Luzon railway corridor was last referenced by the department in an August 2015 project brief on the North-South Railway project, which was then part of the Public Private Partnership pipeline.

That project involved a long-haul line from Manila to San Fernando spanning 266-km, an extension from San Jose City in Nueva Ecija to Cagayan Province, and a 55-km branch line from Tarlac Province to San Jose City.

This was part of a broader goal of reviving a once robust Luzon railway system that in the 1970s spanned 900 kilometers linking La Union province in the north to Legazpi City in the Bicol region in the south.

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Oh wow, another player. Several months ago, I was going to suggest Russian rails but it seemed like a crazy idea at the time, plus their expertise is in Russian Gauge. Then along comes Tugade's team and suggests Russia undertake North Long Haul with initial Clark Pampanga to La Union 200km and beyond.

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This will serve dual purpose... the other purpose is for Russia to survey the strategic areas of Luzon, they will bring in a team like JICA who will tour the country and collect lots of data. No need to bring Tupolev Bears to probe like in 1960s and 1970s... our country is totally open now . We don't really have anything to lose anyway, remember as a strategic location no major world power wants PH to be a failed state (imagine waterways infested with pirates), a weak state maybe but never a failed one.

Plus the infrastructure push is win-win since they need their industry to recover, after the recession they ban refurbishment by their rail operators, forcing them to purchase new instead.
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PNR Manila-Clark Railway (November 2017) Part 1 & Part 2
By: Philippine Railways

Part 1

Notes:
1. Tinapos na ng Philippine government ang issue sa SINOMACH noong pinahinto ng dating Presidente Noynoy Aquino ang NORTHRAIL.
2. JICA ang may hawak sa project.
3. Maaring alisin ang mga poste na ginawa ng SINOMACH ayon sa bagong plano.
4. Target na umpisahan ang phase 1 ng project Mula Tutuban (Recto corner Dagupan Street) hanggang Malolos (Sa tapat ng Bulacan Capitol).
5. Phase 2 naman ay hanggang Clark.
6. Habang natigil ang project sa panahon ni Noynoy Aquino, natayo ang iilang structure sa right of way ng Manila Clark particular sa pagitan ng Tikay hanggang sa tapat ng Bulacan Provincial Capitol.
7. Napabayaan ang right of way sa panahon ni dating Presidente Aquino.
8. Mga lumang istasyon ng PNR na ginawa pa ng noong panahon ng mga Kastila ay hindi na gigibain ayon sa PNR.
9. Heritage sites stations na kagaya sa Malolos at Valenzuela ay ginawang opisina or kaya guard stations.
10. Mga nakatira sa tabing riles ay paalisin na ng gobyerno.



Part 2

Notes.
1. Tabang to Malolos fly over ang cover ng video.
2. Nasa gawing kaliwa gagawing linya ng Manila Clark railway phase 1.
3. Sinilip lang sitwasyon dyan.
4. Hindi pa uumpisahan ngayon taon or early 2018 planong umpisahan gawin muli ang construction matapos ipahinto ito ng Aquino Government.
5. Masyadong maliwanag dahil nakatutok yung araw sa video.
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Old November 30th, 2017, 06:16 PM   #118
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It's December na, but wala pang updates mula sa DOTr kung kailan ang exactly date ng groundbreaking for PNR North. According kay Sec. Tugade during the 125th Anniversary of PNR:

“Mag umpisa na tayo bago magtapos itong taong ito. At kung kinakailangan ng palugit, huwag na nating pahabaan yung palugit, umpisahan na natin ng Enero,”

December or January ang choice
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Contract signing for construction of PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos) project bet. DOTr, NSTren Consortium



Tugade, Yugi Asano of NSTren Consortium sign PNR Clark Phase 1 (Tutuban-Malolos) project



Source: Department of Transportation Twitter page
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According to Sec. Tugade, the actual construction of PNR Phase 1 would start this December 2017 or January 6, 2018

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