- Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that they were ready to present the railway plan connecting Manila and the Clark International Airport next month.
- They will present it to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) more than two months after President Duterte’s directive
- In addition to the construction of train system was the one-stop shop for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Clark, Pampanga
More than two months after President Rodrigo Duterte’s command to ease the air traffic in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Department of Transportation (DOT) is now ready for the presentation of the railway plan between Manila and the Clark International Airport (CRK).
During the launching of the free Wi-Fi service at the CRK, Secretary Arthur Tugade said that the department is scheduled to meet with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) next month to lay out their plans.
Duterte already expressed his eagerness to finish the train system during his term and gave a timeline to the department. The secretary doesn’t see this as a problem because the rapid approval of the president worked in their advantage.
However, Tugade quickly assured that the process won’t be rushed and the construction would still take 3 to 4 years as planned.
The international airport in Pampanga, which was previously a military base of the U.S. army, has been struggling for decades to direct flights and cargos from Metro Manila due to its distance from the cities and lack of mass transportation options.
A mall in Quezon City and the City of Malolos in Bulacan were some of the suggested areas where the railway would connect from Clark although no decisions have been made yet according to Tugade.
The plan also included the one-stop shop for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) situated in Clark. The One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) will be responding to the queries of Filipinos who are currently working or planning to work overseas.
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) membership processing and issuance of Overseas Employment Certificates (POEA) are among others.
The logic behind these centers is that instead of spending days on processing papers, OFWs could fast-track official transactions with convenience.
Aside from the railway lines, the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) suggested a cargo line from North Luzon to Subic. This was brought by a report that they presented wherein the area was stated to have about 22 million people which will help more in the utilization of both airports in Clark and Subic.
The OSCCO also houses the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and more to offer their services.