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Before Duterte steps down in June, the PNR Lucena-San Pablo will open.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Lucena-San Pablo segment is being revitalized and is expected to reopen before the conclusion of the Duterte administration in June, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The Lucena-San Pablo line is being built alongside the rest of the PNR Bicol, which connects Metro Manila and the provinces of Southern Luzon.

“As the Duterte administration draws to a close, Secretary (Arthur) Tugade pledged to the Filipino people that he would not spend a single day at work. Even until the last day of office, there is no time to rest,” the DOTr wrote on Facebook.

The Lucena-San Pablo line, once reopened, will cut travel time between San Pablo, Laguna, and Lucena, Quezon to one hour and 30 minutes, and is expected to assist enhance both provinces’ and nearby areas’ economic corridors.

The route is part of the 560-kilometer PNR Bicol, which is expected to open in 2027.

PNR Bicol will feature 35 stations and will operate from Manila to Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, and Batangas via an extension line and a branch line.

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