DOTr signs PHP 142-B contract for PNR Bicol

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Bicol building is poised to begin soon after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed the contract for the PHP 142-billion project.

The DOTr has hired a joint venture of three Chinese companies to build the first 380 kilometers of the PNR Bicol project. According to the department, it is the agency’s “single largest rail contract.”

The Design-Build contract was signed with the Joint Venture of China Railway Group Ltd., China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group Co., Ltd., and China Railway Engineering Consulting Group Co., Ltd. (CREC JV) for the project’s design, construction, and electromechanical works for PHP 142 billion.

“We are finally seeing the light of day for our kababayans in the South who have dreamed of this project for so long.” This landmark represents a significant step in realizing the long-awaited PNR Bicol or South Long Haul Project. “We are grateful to our Chinese development partners for their help in this endeavor and for believing that the Filipino people deserve a better quality of life,” DOTr Secretary Art Tugade stated.

In addition, the DOTr stated that CREC JV will be rated 35th on the Fortune Global 500 list and 5th among China’s top 500 firms in 2021.

The first 380 kilometers of PNR Bicol will cross 39 cities and municipalities, four provinces, and two regions, from Banlic, Calamba to Daraga, Albay. It entails building 23 stations, 230 bridges, ten passenger tunnels, and a 70-hectare depot in San Pablo, Laguna.

PNR Bicol will include a 565-kilometer railway connecting Metro Manila to the southern Luzon provinces of Sorsogon and Batangas and future segments.

When fully operational, it is intended to reduce travel time between Metro Manila and Bicol from 12 hours to 4 hours. Passenger trains will be able to travel at speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour, but freight trains will only be able to travel at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour.

Furthermore, during construction, the project will provide over 5,000 direct jobs.

Source: DOTr

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