DOTC eyes elevated railway from Malolos to Los Banos

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 22 2013 03:04 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2013 11:04 PM

 MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is eyeing a plan for an elevated railway that will go from Malolos, Bulacan all the way to Los Banos, Laguna. 

In an interview on DZMM's Failon Ngayon, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said there is an on-going feasibility study (FS) for this elevated railway project. 

"Basically yung PNR (Philippine National Railways) na nakikita namin, itong Mega Manila na tinatawag mula sa Bulacan hanggang sa may bandang Laguna, itong elevated railway na hanggang Malolos to Calamba possibly Los Banos, on-going naman yung FS dyan," he said. 

He noted the feasibility study is expected to be finished by the first quarter of 2014, after which it will be submitted to the National Economic and Development Authority. 

The DOTC is currently evaluating if the project would be funded through the Public-Private Partnership program, which Abaya views as an opportunity for the public-private sector to be part of the infrastructure development of the country. 

"Mai-akyat na namin sa NEDA para mai-approve at magawan ng structure, whether PPP or ang pamahalaan ang magpapagawa nito at gagastos," he said.. 

"However, kung ang bansa ay may pera at mura ang pag-uutang, mukhang nakikita naming mas mabilis gumastos through the national budget dahil walang pribadong sektor na kailangan mong i-negotiate at siguraduhing na mayroon silang kikitain." 

Abaya estimated the elevated railway project will take between four to five years to construct. 

The PNR previously operated trains to and from Metro Manila and Bicol, which passed through Laguna and Quezon provinces. Currently, the PNR runs to and from Tutuban in Manila and Alabang in Muntinlupa. - by Vincent Paul A. Garcia, ABS-CBNnews.com