Manila-Bicol railway rehab begins in 2015

NAGA CITY— A request for a budget of P1.750 billion has been approved by the House of Representatives for the rehabilitation of the Manila-Bicol rail line.

Said line is used by the Philippine National Railways (PNR).

The request for the budget was sought by Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Sec. Jun Abaya.

The budget will be divided among "capacity expansion to allow two-way rail operations," "repair and restoration of 9 non-serviceable units," and the "procurement of a rail-mounted crane with pile hammer and vibratory hammer.”

It will also fund the repair of three general electric locomotives and bridges along the rail line, as well as the rehabilitation of existing tracks.

Earlier this month, PNR Director Ruben Medroso estimated that the train service could resume next year.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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