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Future Lucena PNR Station ready for SLHP
PHILIPPINE National Railways (PNR) General Manager Jeremy Regino (center), Director Henry Uri, and Quezon Provincial Administrator Manuel Butardo (left) lead the site inspection at the Lucena PNR station in preparation for the much-awaited construction of PNR South Long-Haul Project (SLHP).
The inspection was followed by a briefing held at the office of Quezon Governor Angelina Tan with representatives from the city government of Lucena and other representatives from concerned government agencies.
Regino and Uri assured that all issues and concerns about the project will be addressed and taken care of by the PNR and the concerned local government units (LGUs).
On the part of Quezon province, the project will cover Lucena city and municipalities of Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Gumaca, Lopez, Calauag, Guinayangan, and Tagkawayan.
In Lucena city, the project will cover 52.20 has. (hectares) and alignment of 10.75 kms. which includes 33.82 has. within PNR ROW (right-of-way) and 18.38 has. still for acquisition.
Affected barangays include bgys. 8, 10, Mayao Castillo, Cotta, Iba. Iyam, Iba, Talim, Mayao Crossing, Mayao Kanluran, Mayao Parada, Mayao Silangan, and Salinas.
The PNR Lucena Station covers 15.5 has., in bgys. 10, Cotta, and Mayao Crossing, and assumes 354 maximum people to gather at the station.
The project proponent envisions a train speed of 120-160 kilometers per hour that could traverse from Manila to Daraga in 3.5 hrs. compared to 10 hrs. train travel in the past.