CITY OF MALOLOS- Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade takes pride on how the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte turned the past administrations’ plans and feasibility studies into a tangible reality for the Bulakenyos as the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project Philippine National Railway Clark Phase 1 from Tutuban to Malolos runs to 46.68% overall progress as of May 2021.
“Maraming taon na nangangarap ang ating mga kababayan dito sa Bulacan. Nang pumasok ang administrasyong Duterte, ang sabi ng administrasyong Duterte, gagawa at gagawa kami ng pamamaraan upang ‘yung panaginip, ‘yung pangarap, ‘yung mga plano na ginawa tungkol sa riles ng tren dito sa Bulacan ay magiging reyalidad,” the transportation secretary said during his Official Visit and Site Inspection at Calumpit and Balagtas Stations last Monday.
He also thanked the former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who lost their jobs abroad due to the pandemic and are now employed to do world-class jobs as part of the “Build, Build, Build” Program of the national government.
“Sinabi ng Pangulo na bigyan ng oportunidad sa mga proyekto ng ating gobyerno ang mga OFW na nagbabalikan dahil sa pandemya. Maraming salamat sa inyong tulong na maisakatuparan ang mga proyektong para sa Pilipino at gawa ng Pilipino,” he added.
For his part, Gov. Daniel R. Fernando said that an efficient transportation system is a proof of a progressive government.
“Hindi na po ito pangarap. Ito na po ang ating hinihintay. Sa pamamagitan ng mabilis at maayos na transportasyon, magbubukas ito ng iba’t ibang investment at job opportunities para sa magkakaugnay na lalawigan,” the provincial chief executive said.
The PNR Clark Phase 1 Project is a 38-kilometer railway that will pass through Manila, Caloocan, and Valenzuela in Metro Manila as well as Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Malolos in Bulacan. Once completed, it is projected to serve 300,000 passengers daily and will cut Tutuban to Malolos travel time to just 35 minutes, from the current one and a half hours. ###