The construction of P92-Billion Tutuban, Manila to Malolos, Bulacan phase of the North–South Railway Project of Duterte administration to start by the 4th quarter of this year, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Spokesperson Mercado told ABS-CBN News (ANC).
The 38-kilometer Tutuban to Malolos Railway Project is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s P8-trillion plan to modernize the country’s creaking infrastructure network that has held back growth and choked traffic.
The funding of the said project – which will be composed of construction of 37 kilometers of new elevated commuter railway from Tutuban, Manila to Malolos, Bulacan; procurement of rolling stock; and of electro-mechanical systems – will be funded through Official Development (ODA) by Japan International Agency (JICA).
“Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) will be to this project, and it is expected that Japanese technology such as construction techniques for elevated railways, efficient signal systems and rolling stock will be utilized,” JICA said.
In August 11, 2016, President Duterte met Japan Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, City. President Duterte and Japan Minister Kishida discussed the said project.
Furthermore, Japan is also helping in the feasibility study of a 55-kilometer railway line from Malolos to Clark in Pampanga, and offered to build the first 100-kilometers of the 2,000-kilometers Mindanao railway system.