The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that the full-scale construction for the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project will begin in February 2023.
DOTr Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said during a Laging Handa briefing that the NSCR is currently the Philippines’ largest railway project and also the biggest project ever funded by the Asian Development Bank.
Recently, the project has awarded four contract packages with a total value of Php91 billion. One of those contracts includes a deal with the South Korean company Hyundai E&C.
Batan said that the full-scale construction will begin on February 2023 after the “pre-construction activities” that will be conducted before 2022 ends.
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The NSCR is going to be a 142-kilometer railway system that will connect Calamba, Laguna, and Clark International Airport. A point-to-point journey will only take about an hour and 45 minutes, cutting travel times in half. It will then have a passenger capacity of 350,000 daily.
Other than improving the transportation sector, the construction of the project is seen to create about 10,000 jobs and will help boost the economic activities in areas covered by the project.
Meanwhile, informal settlers and homeowners that will be affected by the NSCR will be compensated with the help of the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), and social housing finance corporations.