MANILA -- The government of Japan has provided a grant of 1.2 billion Japanese yen or roughly PHP564.8 million for the procurement of a train simulator equipment for the Philippine Railways Institute (PRI), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Friday.
This was formalized through a grant agreement signed between Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V in Osaka last Thursday, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
“I express on behalf of the Philippine government our gratitude to the Japanese government for the signing of the agreement yesterday,” Tugade said in his address during the Philippine Economic Briefing.
A train simulator is a computer-based simulation of rail transport operations which allows train drivers acquire the necessary skills to react properly and quickly in any potential situation in real train operations through operating various controls such as doors, electricals and signaling systems, among others.
The simulator may reproduce an entire structure of a railway system including its line signaling and passenger stations.
The country’s first-ever PRI will provide the human and knowledge resources needed to design, build, operate, and maintain the massive railways pipeline under the Duterte administration’s "Build, Build, Build" program.
It is envisioned to become a training institution and licensing body, which will ensure that all individuals who will operate and maintain the trains, as well as other personnel involved in operations, will have the necessary skills, qualifications, and service-oriented mindset.
The DOTr targets to create 1,900 km. of railroad tracks by the end of the Duterte administration in 2022 from the current 77 km. of operational railways in the country. (PNA)
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