Marcos directs DOTr to renegotiate mortgage agreements for 3 railway tasks


UPGRADES ON TRACK The refleeting program of the Philippine Nationwide Railways (PNR) will get a lift with the acquisition of three diesel hydraulic locomotives and 15 passenger coaches from Indonesian producer PT Inka. It arrives at De la Rosa Station in Makati Metropolis, subsequent to a different PT Inka prepare (painted white), which was shipped in 2019. —RICHARD A. REYES

MANILA, Philippines — In a bid to modernize the nation’s rail transport, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has directed the Division of Transportation (DOTr) to return to the negotiating desk to safe the mortgage agreements for 3 big-ticket railway tasks after China did not act on the nation’s funding request, Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez stated on Saturday.

Chavez, in an announcement, stated Marcos was referring to the Subic-Clark Railway Challenge, the Philippine Nationwide Railways (PNR) South Lengthy-Haul Challenge and the Davao-Digos section of the Mindanao Railway Challenge (MRP).

The three stated tasks have been to be funded below China’s official improvement help (ODA) by way of mortgage agreements between the governments of the Republic of the Philippines and the Individuals’s Republic of China.

However the mortgage agreements on the stated tasks are actually thought-about “withdrawn” after the Chinese language authorities did not act on the funding requests by the previous Duterte administration, in accordance with Chavez.

“There was a coverage dialogue on three China ODA rail tasks in final Tuesday’s cupboard assembly which the President commented that as a matter of coverage, we should always encourage extra investments in rail and that we should always focus extra on rail transport,” Chavez stated.

Final January, the contract for the P142 billion PNR South Lengthy-Haul Challenge — additionally known as the PNR Bicol Specific — was awarded to the three way partnership of China Railway Group Ltd., China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group Co. Ltd., and China Railway Engineering Consulting Group Co. Ltd.

The contract for the development of the P51-billion Subic-Clark Railway Challenge was awarded to China Harbour Engineering Co. in December 2020.

In the meantime, the P83-billion Tagum-Davao-Digos section of the MRP did not proceed after China was unable to submit a shortlist of contractors for its design-build contract.

Chavez stated the Division of Finance knowledgeable China Eximbank that the submitted mortgage functions would solely be legitimate till Might 31, 2022, and can be routinely withdrawn if not then permitted.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III later determined to cancel the mortgage functions with China within the gentle of the upcoming transition of presidency and in deference to the incoming administration.

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