The DOTR Signs 142 Billion Pesos Contract for PNR Bicol


The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Bicol development is set to start not long after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) marked the agreement for the PHP 142-billion venture.

The DOTr has gotten a cooperative endeavor of three Chinese firms to foster the first 380km of the PNR Bicol project. The office depicted it as the organization’s “single biggest rail contract.”

With an agreement measure of PHP 142 billion, the Design-Build contract was endorsed with the Joint Venture of the China Railway Group Ltd., China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group Co., Ltd., and China Railway Engineering Consulting Group Co., Ltd. (CREC JV), for the plan, development, and electromechanical works for the task.

“To our kababayans in the South who have longed for this task for such a long time, we are at last coming around. This achievement is an immense jump towards understanding this hotly anticipated venture – the PNR Bicol or the South Long Haul Project. We are thankful to our advancement accomplices from China for supporting us in this undertaking and accepting that the Filipino public merit a superior personal satisfaction,” said DOTr Secretary Art Tugade.

Besides, the DOTr additionally referenced that CREC JV positioned 35th on the Fortune Global 500 rundown and fifth among China’s best 500 endeavors in 2021.

The initial 380 kilometers of PNR Bicol from Banlic, Calamba to Daraga, Albay will traverse 39 urban areas and districts, four territories, and two locales. It incorporates the development of 23 stations, 230 scaffolds, ten traveler burrows, and a 70-hectare stop in San Pablo, Laguna.

Alongside its future fragments, PNR Bicol will comprise of a 565-kilometer rail line associating Metro Manila toward the southern Luzon regions of Sorsogon and Batangas.

Once completely functional, it is relied upon to cut travel time between Metro Manila and Bicol from the current 12 hours by street to 4 hours. Traveler trains will run at a speed of as much as 160 kilometers each hour, while cargo trains will run at a speed of as much as 100 kilometers each hour.

Moreover, the undertaking will produce in excess of 5,000 direct positions each year during development.