Apart from providing Filipinos a more convenient alternative when it comes to transport, the PNR Clark Phase 2 or the Malolos to Clark Railway Project will also create job opportunities and aid in growing the economy amid the pandemic, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
During a routine inspection of the infrastructure’s building site on September 18, Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said a total of 10,000 jobs will be created during the construction of the project and the hiring of local workers will be given priority.
“I have been stressing this and I want to make sure that under the Build, Build, Build, we shall prioritize the employment of former Overseas Filipino Workers and transport workers to guarantee the inclusivity of this project,” Tugade said in his message, which was delivered by DOTr Undersecretary for Finance Giovanni Lopez.
At present, the PNR Clark Phase 2 project is already 32 percent complete. Once operational, the 53-kilometer rail line will improve connectivity and mobility between Bulacan and Pampanga and spur employment in various sectors.
“The DOTr has always aimed to revitalize the country’s economy. A transport infrastructure project like the NSCR will spur economic growth in Central Luzon, particularly the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga,” Tugade shared.
It’ll also streamline travel between the two cities from at least two hours to just 30 to 35 minutes.
As one of the government’s flagship projects under the Build! Build! Build! Initiative, the Malolos to Clark Railway Line will feature the Philippines’ first-ever Airport Railway Express Service, connecting Makati to the Clark International Airport in just 55 minutes, a huge leap from the usual two to three-hour trip.
PNR Clark Phase 2 is part of the bigger North-South Commuter Rail Project (NSCR) plan, which aims to link Calamba to Clark. It will sport a total of six stations – Calumpit, Apalit, San Fernando, Angeles, Clark, and Clark Airport – that will be equipped with multimodal facilities allowing commuters to transfer from public utility vehicles to trains.
Here’s what the project will look like once completed!
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