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RDC-3 to push for Manila-Clark airport fast railway system
By: PPAO
Friday, 11 October 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS— The mothballed Northrail mass transport system that will link the Clark Special Economic Zone to Metro Manila might still push through, with a bullet train getting connected to the Clark International airport to boot.

This was revealed during the focus group discussion of the Regional Development Council held at the Hapag Restaurant at the Capitol Compound here Thursday after a project development service director of the Departmenty of Transportation and Communication presented the agency’s program on mass transport system that will linked Metro manila to Central, Northern and Southern Luzon.

Deo Leo N. Manalo, director of DOTC Project development service, told members of the RDC Central Luzon led by National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 3 regional director Severino Santos, Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Pampanga Congressman Joseiler “Yeng” Guiao that the Japan International Cooperation Agency has made a feasibility study on rehabilitating the mothballed North Rail mass transport project and other railway systems of the Philippine National Railways that would also linked this historic capital city to Calamba, Laguna.

The mass transit program was discussed in line with the RDC meeting agenda entitled “Clark Challenges and the Proposed Clark Airport Express.”

Manalo said that the 1st phase of the project will connect Malolos to the FTI terminal and to Calamba.
Alvarado, chairman of the RDC 3 Sectoral Committee on Infrastructure Development, asked why the project should only be Malolos to Metro Manila.

“The rapid growth in Bulacan and the rest of Central Luzon is now taking place and if the project should be revive it should connect Clark airport to Metro Manila to further boost the economic boom bnow being felt in the region,” Alvarado said.

“Let’s be realistic, investors are now looking north of Metro manila since the Calabarzon are now full. Kung itatayo ang mass transport system at gagastusan lang din, ilagay na ito sa mas kapakipakinabang. What we are talking here is the viability of the Clark International Airport. Kung Malolos to Manila lang putol-putol yan dapat kumpletuhin hangang sa Clark,” he added.

Alvarado said that the RDC will make a swift recommendation to NEDA and to President Benigno Aquino III to make the Manila to Clark airport a first and foremost priority.

“Kapag kasi hanggang Malolos lang, para lang gumawa ng drainage na hindi tagos sa ilog. Bitin at hindi lubos na kapakipakinabang.Mas epektibo kapag idiniretso na ito sa Clark airport,” Guiao said.

Guiao also said that they are pushing for the expansion of the Clark Airport that will accommodate millions of passengers. ###

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