THE state-run Philippine National Railways (PNR) will extend its commuter train service from FTI in Taguig City to Malabon City starting on the last week of November this year.
This after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) approved the recommendation of PNR General Manager Jun Magno to extend their service to Gov. Pascual Avenue in Malabon.
Prior to the recommendation, Malabon City Rep. Ricky Sandoval during budget deliberation asked PNR Board Chairman Roberto Lastimoso and GM Magno if it is possible to extend the existing PNR Caloocan- FTI line to the city of Malabon so it can service his constituents who wanted to avoid heavy traffic.
Rep. Sandoval said even his wife, Malabon City Vice Mayor Jeannie Sandoval, also pushed for the extension of PNR service to the city by lobbying to the office of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, who immediately acted on the recommendation.
Only last week, Secretary Tugade, along with DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Rep. Ricky Sandoval, Vice Mayor Jeannie Sandoval, PNR General Manager Jun Magno and other officials led the track laying ceremony in Sangandaan, paving the way its extension to Gov. Pascual Avenue in Malabon City.
Rep. Sandoval in his speech said that with an additional two kilometer extension of PNR service, the Malabon-FTI line is still the fastest and most cost-efficient means of transportation that will help ease heavy traffic along EDSA.
As senior vice chairman of committee on appropriation, Sandoval said he will push for the passage of P3.757-trillion proposed budget in order to fuel the administration’s “Build, Build, Build Program”.