Department of Transportation (DOTr) will partner together with some of the country’s top engineering institutions for government’s Build, Build, Build Railway Pipeline.
After the Duterte Administration’s commitment “Build, Build, Build” of better infrastructures in the country, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade together with representatives of Mapua University, National University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines and University of Sto. Tomas signed into an agreement that mentioned academic institutions will contribute support in designing, building, operation and maintenance of the government’s massive railway pipeline project.
DOTr is set to build the country’s railway system from its current 77km total stretch to a 1,900km stretch come year 2022. Determined to reach this goal, DOTr seeks help from some of the country’s top engineering faculties into making this project possible.
Serving as the perfect avenue, the DOTr reached out to the future engineers of the country through Mapua’s TransMIT 2018, transportation summit where engineering students from different universities and colleges gathered, and presented the agency’s extensive national railway project that is set to renew local transport.
Encouraging future engineers, DOTr USec. TJ Batan lead the discussion on the massive DOTr railway pipeline by sharing the science behind the planning and design of the whole concept. The DOTr undersecretary for railways also discussed projects under the Build, Build, Build Railway Pipeline such as the LRT-1 Cavite extension, MRT-7, Mindanao Railway and the Metro Manila Subway system. Usec. Batan gave an in-depth look on the Metro Manila Subway which will be the country’s first subway system.
One way partner schools will lend their assistance to DOTr is by means of participating in a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) design competition. TOD is approach in transport development wherein residence, commercial and other amenities are integrated within walking distance of a public transport station which in this case, railway.
“We are going to launch a TOD design competition. Each of your schools can send nominations for TOD plans for whatever stations you may want to make a TOD plan for” announcement by DOTr Usec. Batan to engineering students present in TransMIT 2018.
Usec. Batan also shared the requirements for the TOD design competition which includes: A TOD plan has to cover an ‘800m sphere of influence’; proof of public and private stakeholders acceptance of the plan; and lastly, a group must have a design and engineering firm adviser. “Because we want this to serve as another training ground for you” said Usec. Batan regarding tapping engineering firms as advisers for the contest.
Gaining interest of the future transport professionals, Philippine National Railway (PNR) General Manager Junn B. Magno shared PNR’s history, challenges and the efforts done to improve the country’s oldest railway system. Light Rail Manila Corporation’s (LRMC) Communications head Rochelle Gamboa also gave a talk sharing LRMC’s best practices in operations and maintenance which became evident since their takeover of LRT-1.