Re-opening of Calamba Station of Philippine National Railway

Camarines Sur 3rd Representative Leni Robredo delivers her speech during the re-opening ceremony of Calamba Station in Calamba, Laguna.

Two years after the postponement of service because of the derailment incident in Sairaya, Quezon, the rehabilitation of Philippine National Railways (PNR) is being done by the government. The PNR, through the help of its mother agency, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), re-opened its Calamba Station last December 2, 2014.

This is the seventh station that was re-opened for service in the past 12 months. The PNR rail transport will serve people from Tutuban Station in Manila to Calamba station in Laguna. The distance between these stations is 56 kilometers.

The event started its program in Tutuban station at 7:30 in the morning. Invited guests, media, officials of PNR and DOTC gathered in the first station. The train ride lasted for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The experience in riding PNR can be comparable to riding Toyota Pajero in a rough road. You might be comfortable seating but the travel itself is a roller coaster ride. The difference between riding roller coaster and PNR train is that you don't expect the extreme experience with the latter. Riding PNR is not recommended for senior citizens, feeling oldies, and those who want to have comfortable travelling experience.

According to the General Manager of PNR, the budget for the rehabilitation and operation of PNR is not big but decent enough to continue its program. This was agreed by Congresswoman Leni Robredo in her speech.

In the speech of Congresswoman Leni Robredo, she narrated her experiences in riding PNR from Bicol to Manila with her late husband, DILG Secretary and former Naga Mayor Jesse Robredo during their relationship as boyfriend-girlfriend. She also narrated her last experience with Secretary Robredo in 2011 having whirlwind sensation while their kids do not feel any dizziness.

Congresswoman Leni Robredo wishes that the whole rehabilitation plan will be completed sooner. The Bicolanos are willing to wait for this to happen. The rehabilitation project will help both people from Bicol and Manila as well as from provinces connected to this.

Earlier this year, both Houses of Congress worked for the extension of corporate life of the Philippine National Railways by amending its charter. Congresswoman Robredo battles for the extension in the House of Representative while Senators Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Committee on Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCC) and Ralph Recto, principal author of the Senate version, work hand in hand in the Senate.

DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya said that it will take 4-5 years before the rehabilitation program will be completed. The continuation of the rehabilitation project will be tied-up with the experts in private sectors through Private Public Partnership or the PPP.

The re-opening ceremony was attended by the officials of PNR, DOTC Secretary Joseph Abaya, Calamba Mayor Timmy Chipeco, Laguna 2nd District Representative Jun Chipeco, Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez, and Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo.

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