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100,000 commuters depend on train, Senate told

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Thousands will be affected if the Senate fails to extend the corporate life of the state-run train company. (Photo by Alma J. Buelva)

At least 100,000 daily commuters and occasional motorists who ride the Philippine National Railways (PNR) to avoid traffic congestion along Osmeña Highway and South Luzon Expressway will be affected if the Senate fails to extend the corporate life of the state-run company.

PNR General Manager Joseph Allan Dilay confirmed that they will be forced to stop operation by June if the Senate does not approve the extention of its charter.

The House has already approved the extension.

PNR marked its 121th founding anniversary early this year.

The company was originally established to exist for 50 years from June 20, 1946, but amendments to the law extended its corporate life.

Depending on how the laws are interpreted, the latest extension lasts until 2014 or 2024.

The PNR currently operates the Metro South Commuter line that runs daily from Tutuban in Manila to Cabuyao in Laguna. Its interprovincial operation remains suspended following a derailment in 2012. PNR also operates a Bicol Commuter Service that transports passengers between Naga and Sipocot. (Kris Bayos)

  • WJGBalderama

    So the commuting public might be held hostage by their own national legislators? That’s nice.

  • Felipe Torres

    only extending the charter does not cut it. The National Railways needs funds and national government support to expand and grow its services. Kung hindi rin lang tutulungan ng gobyerno eh di isara na lang yan. Take money from the oil price stabilization fund and use it to expand PNR railway service

  • underthePhilippineSun

    bringing to life our old railway system and expanding it is a good idea… heavy goods from rural areas can be easily transported to the cities… though the project will cost billions of money, but in the long run, it will still be beneficial for the filipino people as a whole, especially for the rural communities…

  • Yves Boquet

    The Philippines MUST develop a train culture to solve traffic woes. Successful countries do it. Switzerland. Netherlands. Germany. Japan. Invest in train and urban mass rail transit. Not in freeways.

    • underthePhilippineSun

      i think, it is a good idea…

    • RAMIL ROSALES Aninon

      Absolutely right….

    • WJGBalderama

      I agree. Philippine needs a safe, speedy transportation system. God knows you are putting your life at risk when you board these mobile coffins, err, buses.