The Philippine National Railway (PNR) is one of the Philippines oldest railways. With the help of China, PNR has been under rehabilitation since August 8, 2018. There was a promise set by the Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua to the Philippines that the PNR will be rehabilitated before Duterte’s term ends on 2022.
Earlier this year, the Department of Science and Technology-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) tested its new Hybrid Electric Train (HET) along the PNR.
Part of the revamp is the addition of special trains which stop at fewer stations, lessening the travel time for those who ride these shuttles. More train cars were added to the older models of locomotives, which would accommodate increasing passenger size.
Implemented automated fare and ticketing to the PNR was also installed, making it easier to track passengers. Fare leakage was one of the major problems before, which resulted in free rides for some passengers. With the automated system, no passenger will be getting free rides anymore.
However, there are still problems that persist for this railway, which can only be fixed through time and resources. While the PNR is still far from being restored to its former glory, there is much optimism and hope that the restoration of one of the country’s oldest railways is on the right track.