Pangasinan set to build own railway system » Manila Bulletin News



By Jojo Riñoza

REVIVING THE RAILWAYS — One of the remaining structures of the old Philippine National Railway Station stands as a reminder of the good old days in Dagupan City. Soon, a 195-kilometer railway system will be revived in the province. (Jojo Riñoza)

Lingayen, Pangasinan — The provincial government revealed yesterday that it will embark on building a railway system across the province, linking its four cities and several of its 44 towns from the east to the west.

The Provincial Board has approved Provincial Resolution No. 765-2017, authorizing Governor Amado I. Espino III to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Masz Corporations Limited and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) for the implementation of the PNR-Pangasinan Railway and Land Development Project (PPRLDP).

The MOU will establish a joint partnership and collaboration with Masz Corporations and PNR to develop a commuter rail link through points of the cities Alaminos, Dagupan, San Carlos, and Urdaneta and the towns in between.

Masz Corporations is a private company registered in Hong Kong that offers a full-range of construction-related services including railway project.

Alongside the construction of this new mass transport route will be the development of the province’s available land resources.

“This would usher in tremendous boost to the province’s economic development by providing better opportunities for local employment and livelihood, and increase the exchange of trade and commerce from the eastern to the western parts of the province,” said Board Member Generoso Tulagan Jr., who authored the resolution.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Benita Pizarro said the PPRLDP, which is projected to become a flagship project in Pangasinan, aims to provide ease in the movement of people and products of the province.

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