President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Manila City vice mayor Francisco Domagoso, popularly known as Isko Moreno, as a member of the board of directors of the North Luzon Railways Corp. (Northrail).
Moreno’s appointment papers, which were signed by the President on July 12, stated that his term will last from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
In a phone interview with reporters, Moreno said the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) board of directors approved his nomination as chairman and CEO of Northrail.
Northrail is an attached agency of the Department of Transportation and is a subsidiary of the BCDA.
Moreno said he was nominated by Duterte.
“I’m honored and grateful to President Duterte for giving me the opportunity to go back to public service, and of course, I’m thankful to God above all else,” he said.
Moreno said he will help to ensure the successful construction and operation of the P255-billion Manila-Clark Railway Project, which will connect Manila to Central Luzon.
The 106-kilometer railway project that will run from Tutuban, Manila to Clark, Pampanga is among the proposed projects of the Duterte administration under the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.
The project, which has 17 stations, aims to cut down the two-hour travel time from Manila to Clark to just 55 minutes. It is expected to benefit 350,000 passengers daily on its first year of operation.