- PNR bought 7 trains worth P2.37 billion from the Indonesian government
- The trains will be delivered to the Philippines between December 2019 to January 2020
- It was the first time in 40 years that the PNR purchased new trains through its own budget, after receiving a P3.5 billion budget in 2018
The Philippine National Railways (PNR) bought seven trains worth P2.37 billion from the Indonesian government to improve the Philippines’ oldest train system.
The three diesel hydraulic locomotive (DHL) trains and four diesel multiple unit (DMU) will be delivered to the Philippines between December 2019 to January 2020, as stated under the two contracts entered into by PNR with Indonesian government-owned company PT Industri Kereta Api (PT Inka).
The DHL has five coaches per set and can carry 1,330 passengers per trip and with a contract price of P1.306 billion each, while the slightly cheaper DMU set has a four-car system and can accommodate 1,090 passengers and with a contract price of P1.071 billion each.
PNR general manager Junn Magno and PR Inka president Budi Noviantoro signed the contracts, witnessed by officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) which was led by Secretary Arthur Tugade.
Indonesian minister of state-owned enterprises Rini Soemarno was also present in the contract signing.
Earlier, in January 2018, PNR also purchased two diesel-electric trains from PT Inka for P485.3-million.
According to Junn Magno, PNR general Manager, this is the first time in 40 years that the PNR purchased new trains through its own budget, after receiving a P3.5 billion budget in 2018.
He also said that the DHLs are the solution to rail service interruptions on rainy season, as they can wade flood waters up to 20 inches from top of the rail.