DOTr partners with JICA, universities to form railways institute

The Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in putting up the Philippine Railways Institute (PRI).

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade signed a memorandum of agreement with various academic institutions to ensure that the country will be able to provide the human and knowledge resources needed to design, build, operate, and maintain the massive railways pipeline under the Duterte government’s Build, Build, Build program.

The other signatories to the MOA are TransMit host Mapua University, National University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines, and the University of Santo Tomas.

The PRI is envisioned to become a training institution and licensing body, which will ensure that all individuals who will operate and maintain the trains, as well as other personnel involved in operations, will have the necessary skills, qualifications, and service-oriented mindset.

Currently, the Philippines only has 77 kilometers . of operational railways.

The Duterte administration is targeting to build 1,900-km. of rails by 2022.

?Delivering this massive railways pipeline will require not just the more than 1 trillion pesos that the government will be investing, it will also require talented and hardworking individuals, especially young and optimistic ones, who are committed to serving the nation,? Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan said.

Bataan added that while building new railways is important, it is equally important to ensure that the new trains and other components of these new railways are operated and maintained efficiently, reliably, and at par with international best practices.

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