100,000 commuters depend on train, Senate told
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)