Sumitomo Corporation (Sumitomo) and Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-TREC) have received an order from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of the Republic of the Philippines for the delivery of train cars for the project to extend the North-South Commuter Railway which connects the Metropolitan Manila area with its neighboring cities (304 train cars, contract amount of approximate yen 72.5bn).
The Philippines government is promoting a large-scale infrastructure development plan called “Build Build Build” and the North-South Commuter Railway Project is positioned as a core project of this plan. In addition to Phase 1, whose construction is well underway (approximately 40 km connecting Malolos, Bulacan, and Tutuban, Manila), once the extensions in the north from Clark (Clark International Airport), Pampanga to Malolos, and in the south from Tutuban to Calamba, Laguna (approximately 110 km combined) are completed, the entire line will be approximately 150 km long. By expanding the transportation network in the Metropolitan Manila area and shifting transportation from automobiles to the railway, we can expect to see significant improvements in traffic congestion and air pollution.
The Project is to be undertaken as part of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) program of Japan based on a loan aid agreement between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Philippines government.