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New LRT-1 train cars delivered

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The first batch of 120 train cars for the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project were delivered to the country yesterday.

Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa led officials in welcoming the units.

Manufactured in Spain and Mexico, the purchase of the vehicles was funded by the Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

During the arrival ceremony, the DoTr chief related how the Duterte administration strived and pushed hard to realize this much-needed transport infrastructure project.

“Nineteen years ago, this project was started. So, under the Duterte administration, we pushed and pushed hard. That is why today, we see the steps of the whole realization of this project — partial operability within this year — by accepting the trains and the cars,” Tugade said.

“The Duterte administration is making sure that the promises made 19 years ago will materialize, will certainly materialize, and will truly materialize,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Japanese envoy expressed full commitment and support to the mission and vision of the Duterte administration and the DoTr.

“I served JICA as an executive senior vice president for four years. So, I share this same ardent passion with the DoTr leadership. Now that I’m here in this country, I made it my commitment to work closely with our friends from the Philippine government to achieve these infrastructure goals, together with JICA,” Koshikawa said.

Upon completion of the project, the railway line is expected to connect Baclaran and Bacoor, Cavite in just 25 minutes from the old 70-minute commute by public transportation.

The project is part of the “Capacity Enhancement of Mass Transit Systems in Metro Manila Project,” which includes support for the expansion of both LRT-1 and LRT-2.

By procuring new light rail vehicles, rehabilitating existing facilities, constructing line extension, and expanding current depots, the project aims to improve the capacity of the LRT and deliver a safer, more reliable, and punctual railway system to commuters in the capital.

Other officials present in the event were DoTr Undersecretaries Timothy John Batan and Garry de Guzman, Assistant Secretaries Fidel Cruz Jr., Giovanni Lopez and Eymard Eje, Philippine National Railways General Manager Junn Magno, JICA senior representative Kiyo Kawabuchi, Embassy of Spain First Secretary Luis Morales, Light Rail Manila Corporation President/CEO Juan Felipe Alfonso, MPIC President/CEO Jose Ma. K. Lim, MHCPSI President/CEO Jose Manuel M. de Jesus, AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. Chief Financial Officer Marco Duay, Sumitomo General Manager Masanori Honda and CMX Project Director Ryoji Takeuchi.

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