PNR rehabilitation com­pleted end of Jan­uary

Manila Bulletin - - Business News - EMMIE V. ABADILLA

MRAIL Inc. and part­ner Desco, the sole dis­trib­u­tor of Gen­eral Elec­tric Trans­porta­tion (GET) in the coun­try, ex­pects to com­plete its R150 mil­lion Philip­pine Na­tional Rail­ways (PNR) con­tract by the end of this month.

The part­ner firms re­cently turned over two of three re­ha­bil­i­tated lo­co­mo­tives to the govern­ment. The last lo­co­mo­tive to be re­fur­bished un­der the deal is slated to be turned over at the end of Jan­uary.

It was the first time that an all – Filipino team re­fur­bished PNR lo­co­mo­tives in the coun­try.

The con­tract in­volved re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing three lo­co­mo­tives, at the cost of R50 mil­lion each, to pro­vide bet­ter trains for PNR com­muters, in­crease the num­ber of op­er­a­tional lo­co­mo­tives and im­prove train re­li­a­bil­ity in Metro Manila, the sub­urbs and the Bi­col re­gion.

“This MRAIL-Desco/GE lo­co­mo­tive mod­ern­iza­tion and up­grade project is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in our jour­ney to be­come a pro­gres­sive na­tional rail­way com­pany,” an­nounced PNR chair­man Roberto T. Las­ti­moso.

It was also PNR’s first ma­jor up­grade of its 26 diesel en­gine lo­co­mo­tives since its ac­qui­si­tion in 1992.

An all-Filipino team of MRAIL and Desco worked on the lo­co­mo­tives for al­most 24 months.

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