Senator Joel Villanueva lauded government's construction of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark project linking Tutuban in Divisoria, Manila, to the City of Malolos in his home province Bulacan.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday morning for the Advance Construction Mobilization for the Phase 1 of the Clark railway at an open area in Maria Socorro, Marilao, Bulacan.
“Sa wakas, mayroon nang ‘Train to Bulacan’ at malaking ginhawa po ito sa ating mga kababayan sa Gitnang Luzon higit lalo sa minamahal nating mga Bulakenyo,” said Villanueva, first Bulakenyo in more than 20 years to become a senator.
"The construction of Clark Railway increases connectivity within Metro Manila and the Central Region. Not only will this afford convenience to our commuters but will also improve economic activity in the area," Villanueva added.
With this project in line, commuters from Tutuban will reach Malolos in 35 minutes.
Villanueva, an advocate of job creation, further underscored how the railway project can strengthen the economy and generate employment.
“Ang pinakamagandang magiging bunga po ng Build, Build, Build ay Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Dala po ng tren na ito ay trabaho. Dala po ng tren na ito ay negosyo. Dala po ng tren na ito ay progreso,” Villanueva said.
“Higit pa riyan, makatutulong din po ang train na ito upang mabawasan ang congestion at mapagaan ang traffic sa Metro Manila,” the senator explained.
The rail system will be constructed along the 38-kilometer segment from Tutuban, Manila to Malolos, Bulacan. It will have 10 stations and is expected to service around 340,000 passengers daily.
In November last year, the DOTr took a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency to finance the north-south commuter railway project’s Tutuban-Malolos component.
The Tutuban to Malolos segment is targeted to be partially completed by 2020 and fully operational by 2021.