The North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project was originally launched by the department of transportation together with the PNR in July 2015. The project was recently started with a ceremony on September 18 2021 in Pampanga. Together with the Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko who participated in the joint site inspection at the Clark International Airport Station, they led the ceremony and officially announced the construction of the North-South Commuter Railway. The Japanese International Cooperation Agency will be the one to fund the procurement of the railway systems and rolling stock while the Asian Development Bank will fund the infrastructure.
The North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project will be the first airport railway service in the country. It aims to cut down the travel time from Clark International Airport to the cities such as Makati. There will be 6 stations that will link the cities in Central Luzon and Metro Manila. This project is seen as one of the solutions to traffic congestion and an answer to mitigate the air pollution in the cities. The North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project will use Japanese trains which are guaranteed to be safe and made with high-quality materials. These trains are suitable for the environment in the country as they are designed to withstand earthquakes and flooding.
Strengths and opportunities in North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project
1. Sustainable and Efficient Mass Transportation
As we all know, traffic congestion is one of the leading problems in most of the cities in Metro Manila and some cities in Central Luzon. The lack of quality infrastructure in the country such as roads, railways, and effective public transport terminals is one of the biggest causes of traffic in most places in Metro Manila. The new project of the Department of Transportation which is the North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project that will serve as the key in which it will open a lot of opportunities in the country and bring a solution to the existing problems such as the heavy traffic congestion in the Philippines.
The North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project is expected to carry 316,000 passengers a day for its initial day of operation. This will create a huge positive impact on the transportation system in the country as it provides efficient and effective mass transportation that can cater to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos. The department of Transportation also expects that there will be approximately 44,000 public commuters and private vehicle users who are expected to shift in the new railway extension project. Not only that, but it will also provide convenience to those migrants and OFW who are landing at Clark International Airport. It will now be easier and convenient for them to travel to Manila or Makati without worrying about the hassle of traffic and long travel time.
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The North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project is guaranteed as safe and sustainable. It will use a Japanese train which is considered a high-quality train and effective mass transportation for the Filipinos. As a Filipino, you might have heard in the news about the constant issues and accidents with the LRT and MRT. This causes a lot of problems and puts the commuters in danger. It is also a hassle for the commuters since the repair time always takes days or worst, even months before they start operating again. Unlike in the country of Japan, wherein, their railway system rarely experiences accidents and problems, if ever accidents occur they manage to repair it immediately and operations are ready for the next day. This is the reason why the government is proudly stating to the public that the trains are high quality as it is made from Japan.
Aside from the quality and safety of the trains in the North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project, It will also provide convenience to the commuters as it was expected to cut down the travel time from Clark International Airport to the cities in Metro Manila. It is expected that it will reduce the travel time to just 55 minutes if you are going from Pampanga to Central Manila and Makati. This project will provide a quality, reliable and consistent service to the Filipinos. It is also expected to reduce traffic congestion during rush hour since the new mass transportation project will offer more convenient and fast transportation to the public. There will be fewer private vehicles and at the same time, the commuters can now easily travel without worrying about the traffic and guaranteed to arrive at their destination on time.
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2. Generates job opportunities
According to the Department of Transportation, Secretary Arthur Tugade, there will be 7,000 direct jobs that will be generated and another 3,000 more jobs could be created once the lines start operating. Overall The North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project is expected to generate more than 25,000 direct job opportunities for construction and 10,000 jobs are expected to generate employment.
This project will help a lot of Filipinos by creating job opportunities in central Luzon and Metro Manila. This will save thousands of Filipinos who lost their jobs during the pandemic. It will also help to alleviate the poverty in most of the cities as it generates more jobs for the people. It also contributes to the economic stability of the country and improves the quality of life of the Filipinos.
3. Improves the business Industries
More business establishments in Pampanga and Metro Manila will be easily accessible. The Filipinos can travel with ease and visit these business establishments without worrying about the travel time and traffic along the area. The North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project will serve as a bridge that will open a lot of possibilities and opportunities for the business industries. The business transactions, negotiations, and exchanges will be easier and faster. Business owners such as restaurants and food retailers don’t need to worry about the traffic when transporting their products. It will increase the efficiency and the productivity rate of the business establishments because of the impact of the new North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project. More people will shift to the new fast, affordable, and consistent mass transportation which will lessen the private vehicle in the cities of Metro Manila and reduce the traffic congestion during rush hours.
4. Sustainable and environmental friendly
Having sustainable and energy-efficient mass transportation in the country is one of the biggest achievements of the Philippines when it comes to public transportation. One of the reasons why the number of public vehicles on the roads is drastically increasing every year is because of the lack of quality and consistent mass transportation for the Filipinos. It results not just in heavy traffic congestions in the cities of Metro Manila but at the same time, it serves as the number one contributor to the air and noise pollution around the area. It brings a lot of negative impact to the environment which also affects the people. The North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project is seen as one of the mass transportation in the future that will change the transportation system in the country. Not only will it reduce the traffic but at the same time provide a more sustainable and clean mode of transportation for the commuters.
The Benefits and opportunities of Bria Homes to the North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project
1. More accessible
The new North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project opens a lot of benefits not just solving the current issues in the transportation of the country but also providing opportunities to the business industries specifically to Bria Homes. We all know that Bria Homes is one of the leading companies that offer affordable houses and lots to Filipinos. It only implies that more people can now have access to the projects offered by Bria Homes. Because of the new mass transportation system, it will be more accessible to the Filipinos and at the same time convenient to those people who will choose to avail house and lot to Bria Homes.
The demand for houses and lots offered by Bria Homes will surely be increased because of the impact of the new North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project. Bria Homes will serve as a magnet to those Filipinos who are looking to have their own dream house. The house and lot offered by Bria Homes in Pampanga is all located near commercial establishments, schools, hospitals, and major roads and highways. As a Filipino who is dreaming to acquire their own house, this will be a good deal for them. Those Filipinos who need to work in Metro Manila and choose to avail themselves a house in Pampanga there will also be no problem because of the new North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project. They don’t need to worry about the long hours of travel going to work as there will be new mass transportation that is more convenient, fast, and reliable. More people will consider the housing projects of Bria Homes as there will be convenient mass transportation now in the near future.
2. Attracts more Filipinos to Bria Homes
The North-South Commuter Rail Extension Project brings a lot of opportunity in the country, especially in the business industry. More business establishments along the stations in Pampanga and Metro Manila will benefit from this project. At the same time, we all know that it will generate thousands of jobs once it starts operating. This also implies that more Filipinos will be financially stable and increase their capability to acquire their own house. Bria Homes is the best option for those people who are dreaming to have their own house. They offer the most affordable house and lot offered to Filipinos. For as low as 1,897 per month they can easily have their own dream house. More people might consider availing a house and lot in Bria Homes once they have a stable job and sufficient source of income. Below are the factors as to why Filipinos might consider Bria Homes
● Convenient and easy move-in
The house and lot offered by Bria Homes are already built, meaning those who will avail the houses here can immediately acquire it. The process is easier and you don’t need to wait for too long to move in.
● Best Location
The houses offered by Bria Homes such as the one in Pampanga are located in the most ideal location. It is located near schools, places of worship, commercial establishments, and major roads and highways.
Those who are dreaming to have their own house don’t need to worry about the huge amount of money that needs to pay instantly. For only 1,897 per month, they can already have their own house. Bria Homes also have house and lot packages that is ranging from 460,000 pesos to 1,5 million pesos.
● Pleasant and sustainable Environment
The environment around the area of Bria Homes is clean and pleasant. It is relaxing due to the plants and trees in the surroundings and at the same time, less pollution and stress unlike in the urban houses.
● Safe and Secured
The community is equipped with perimeter fences, 24/7 CCTV cameras, and guard patrolling at night. The entrance and exits in the area are also guarded which guarantees the safety and security of the residents.
● High-quality houses and facilities
The houses offered by Bria Homes are made with high-quality materials which can withstand the most common calamities in the country such as typhoons. The interior and exterior designs of the houses are also eye-catching because of their modern style of architecture. In terms of facilities, they have basketball courts, a multi-purpose hall, and well-maintained gardens.
● Easier and convenient payment scheme
Aside from its affordability it also offers a lot of payment options for the convenience of its customers. If they still don’t have enough cash or are still saving money they offer an option wherein they can choose to loan it under Pag ibig Housing Loan or Bank Housing Loan. In terms of their monthly payment, they don’t need to worry about the hassle of going to the main office of Bria Homes as they offer many payment channels such as Online Bankings, E-wallet like Gcash, or Paymaya, Payment Centers, and many more options.
Written by Aaron Cruz