• Metals agency develops local train sets for PNR

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    The Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced on Wednesday that it will provide “locally developed” hybrid trains for the Philippine National Railways (PNR).

    Jonathan Puerto, deputy executive director of MIRDC, said that the agency will provide PNR with two prototype hybrid train sets, which would form part of the current rolling stocks earlier provided by Japan.

    “This is a locally fabricated and developed technology,” Puerto said.

    According to him, the PNR connected idle couches from Japan to the locomotive engine of the older trains, to meet the increasing number of passengers.

    The MIRDC official said that the move to produce local trains is part of the agency’s program for the “localization of operations” of the PNR, and to “revive the manufacturing industry of the country.”

    Besides supplying PNR hybrid trains, the MIRDC also oversees the UP Diliman Train and Railroad Project, as well as the road trains to be deployed along EDSA, which the agency sees are big contributions to improving the transportation system of the country.

    DOST Assistant Secretary Robert Dizon also said that the agency wants the country’s manufacturing industry to be “recognized locally” and at the same time “aiming for international competitiveness.”

    Kristyn Nika M. Lazo

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