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PNR: Back On Track

Though more than a century already, my generation never knew the existence of the Philippine National Railways. We know only the dilapidated and deteriorating rail tracks and trains that pass by and make cars abide to rusting stop, look, and listen billboards. Plus the usual visuals of squatter houses and topless by-standers a few inches from the passing train coaches, killing time with a bottle of gin. Its a shame the Philippine National Railways or PNR went through all of this.

Good thing at last, the Philippine government gave way to the idea of its renovation as a Philippine-Korea joint project. Though not fully operational yet, information has been passed around already (heard of it last year) that it can accommodate mass transportation even with limited railways and trains.

With our frustration on the gas prices, terrible Manila traffic and high demand on the MRT and LRT. Its a good move from the government to provide Filipinos another alternative of transportation. And today, I gave that alternative a try.

PNR: Back on Track, Philippine National Railways

PNR: Back on Track, Philippine National Railways

Thumbs up for:

  • Cheap fare! I traveled from Sta. Mesa station to Buendia, Makati station for only Php 10.
  • Newly purchased trains, compared to the MRT and LRT, are bigger, wider and has great air-conditioning.
  • Best option not to be late from work/school. My travel time only consumed 9 minutes.
  • Scheduled departure and arrival time
  • Not cluttered by advertisements (yet)
  • Guards stationed on each train coach.
  • Great stretch! The train can go from Caloocan up to Binan, Laguna

Not for:

  • Scary surroundings. Only squatters from the near distance from the rail were removed.
  • Like buses, fare is collected by a conductor and you’ll be given ticket for inspection
  • Unreliable security: Only one guard per station, that guard won’t even inspect passengers’ bags.
  • Airconditioned trains are not yet being utilized for Binan, Laguna station
  • Safety. No one doesn’t even care about walking on the rail tracks.

PNR: Back on Track, Philippine National Railways

That is how the PNR is faring at the moment, but I really do hope that its renovation goes to full swing. It is such a great help for many especially that the projects of its extension is on its way as well.

For more information, visit the PNR website.