Ceremonial Hall, Malacañan Palace
March 3, 2023

“I assure the Filipino people that the government will strive to modernize and improve the country’s transportation system,” said President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as he witnessed the signing of the Contract Package NS-01 (CP NS-01) for the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project at the Ceremonial Hall in Malacañan Palace.

The CP NS-01 contains the procurement of the Electromechanical Systems and Trackworks for the NSCR that includes railway tracks, turnouts, track sleepers, power supply and distribution systems, signalling systems, automated fare collection, computerized management maintenance, and platform screen doors, among other essentials for railway safety and operations.

“This will be one of the cornerstones of our progress as we move full speed ahead into a brighter tomorrow,” the Chief Executive said, citing further the employment opportunities that the project will generate during its construction.

He also lauded the efforts of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and called the railway system a “very important part of the transformation” of the Philippine economy.

“As we sign this contract package, we do not only write a new chapter in realizing important infrastructure projects that will foster growth and revitalize the economy. With it, we also fulfill a promise to achieve our shared dreams and aspirations that will be the foundation of a more comfortable, a more dignified life for every Filipino,” President Marcos Jr. expressed.

Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the President expressed his gratitude for the Japanese Government’s unwavering support to key developments in the Philippines, and praised its efficient transport system that serves as an inspiration for the Philippines to emulate.

“We are glad to have you on our side as we continue to strengthen our relations built on mutual confidence and cooperation,” said President Marcos Jr.

Once completed, the NSCR will traverse the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan and Laguna. At full capacity, the NSCR will serve around one million passengers and is expected to reduce travel time from Clark, Pampanga to Calamba, Laguna to 45 minutes.

The project aims to encourage the use of public transportation, leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions from the usage of private vehicles and traffic congestion.

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