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To stop further delays on the PNR Clark Phase 2 project, DOTr

The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 2 project’s contractor and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will collaborate closely to ensure that problems are resolved after the project’s anticipated completion date was pushed back by eight months.

The DOTr stated in a statement on Monday that the project’s original completion date of June 2024 has been moved up to June 2025 because of a holdup in turning over the land to the project’s contractor, POSCO Engineering & Construction.

According to the statement, “Several fruit-bearing trees were cut down, causing the delay, before the 36-hectare land was given over by the government to POSCO.”

At the project site, which is intended to be the Clark Depot of the North-South Commuter Railway, POSCO is anticipated to construct about 48 structures and amenities (NSCR).

More than 33% of the projected building had been finished as of December 31, 2022, it stated.

The Clark Depot will contain buildings and facilities in addition to 33 stabling tracks for train parking and another 12 tracks for access to maintenance facilities.

DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista stated that the Clark Depot will house the operations control center, which will act as the “heart of operations” for the rail service, during a site visit to the project location.

“It’s crucial that we do this on schedule and according to plan. I am aware that there are problems that must be fixed. The DOTr will collaborate closely with [the contractor] so that we can handle problems as they arise, according to Bautista.

The second part of the NSCR, the 53-kilometer PNR Clark Phase 2, will connect a number of towns and cities in Central Luzon with Metro Manila.

The project, funded by the Asian Development Bank, is expected to reduce travel time between Clark, in the province of Pampanga, and Malolos City, in the province of Bulacan, from 1.5 hours to 30 minutes.

This section of the NSCR also includes the 55-minute train ride that will connect Makati and the Clark International Airport via the Airport Railway Express Service.

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