Tokyo Metro training railway personnel in Philippines

Kyodo News

Posted at May 16 2018 11:24 PM | Updated as of May 17 2018 06:42 AM

Tokyo Metro Co. has begun helping train railway operation personnel in the Philippines as part of the bilateral government efforts to develop urban railroad networks in the Southeast Asian country, according to the subway operator.

Tokyo Metro and two Japanese consulting firms -- Oriental Consultants Global Co. and Almec Corp. -- have jointly taken on a technical cooperation project led by the Japan International Cooperation Agency to establish and run the Philippine Railway Institute, a training center planned under the country's Department of Transportation.

The three Japanese firms are responsible for drawing up a personnel training scheme and programs as well as nurturing skilled local instructors through June 2023, aiming to enable locals to smoothly operate and maintain city railroad networks, Tokyo Metro said.

Tokyo Metro "intends to provide a wide range of support to build a safe and convenient city railroad system," a spokesman told NNA.

Japan's development aid agency has discussed with the Philippine government setting up a governmental training institute designed to boost local expertise and skills such as train operation, railway building and wiring technologies, according to JICA.

Along with a large infrastructure development plan by President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, including projects for the Metro Manila Subway and Manila commuter railways, JICA has offered soft loans through its development aid program.