DOTr to boost PRI to improve railway workers

December 19, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 285 views

THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) is committed to developing the country’s railway sector by focusing on the training and human resource development of railway personnel through the Philippine Railways Institute (PRI), according to Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista.

Bautista said the DOTr will continue to partner with other countries with established and renowned railway systems, including Japan to “invigorate” the Philippine railway system.

“In collaboration with our partners, we must remain committed [to] developing our railway sector and provide convenient, safe, and reliable travel service in keeping with the expectations of our riding public,” Bautista said during the third founding anniversary of the PRI.

Bautista cited the Government of Japan’s role in the country’s railway sector progress, including the PRI Technical Assistance that will continue the effective transfer of technical expertise by Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the country’s railway personnel.

The agreement will allow railway personnel to be trained and improve their skills and competence with the Government of Japan.

The first state-of-the-art train and desktop simulators from Japan will also help train operators, said Bautista.

The train simulators offer new technology to teach, instruct and train future train operators in the country and complement the DOTr railway projects.

As of 2022, the PRI has produced 2,464 trained personnel since its establishment in 2019. A total of 904 trainees finished PRI courses in 2022.

An attached agency of the DOTr, the PRI is the country’s sole research and training center focused on human resource development in the railway sector.