The Heritage Conservation Society (HCS) on Tuesday praised a move by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to buy back, restore and conserve the old Paco Train Station as part of the overall rehabilitation of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) system.
Ivan Anthony Henares, president of HCS, told The Manila Times that his group was “elated” that the Paco Train Station would be restored.
“In many countries around the world, train stations are important landmarks and testaments to the rich histories of great cities. These grand stations connect us to our past and inspire citizens to dream and aspire for greatness,” Henares said.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya told The Times that the restoration of the station would first require a safety certification from TUV Rhineland.
“In the best-case scenario, we should be ready for a safety inspection; in the worst-case scenario, we should get be getting ready in two weeks,” Abaya said.