The governor made the proposal following the suspension of the rail service due to damage caused by torrential rains brought by Tropical Storm Juaning (international codename: Nock-ten) that ravaged the Bicol region.
“Modernizing and operating the entire rail system is a big ticket project that requires hundreds of millions of dollars in capital outlay which the country cannot afford at this time. Hence, it makes sense and it is only logical that we turn to local and foreign investors,” he said.
Villafuerte said an efficient rail system would provide easier means of transporting goods and people from Bicol to Metro Manila while generating thousands of jobs in the modernization of the railway.
“Bicolanos have long awaited the resumption of the Legaspi to Manila run of the PNR. In fact, there have been plans to extend the railroad to Matnog, Sorsogon where it could link up with the RoRo system,” he added. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)