DoTr relocates informal settlers along PNR lines
The Department of Transportation has inked an agreement for the resettlement of around 100,000 informal settler families (ISFs) who would be affected by the P151 billion North-South Railway Project (NSRP).
Targeted for construction by early next year, the NSRP, also known as the PNR South Long Haul, is a 653-kilometer railway project that will run from Manila to Batangas, Laguna, Bicol, and Sorsogon. It is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2022.
The railway project for commuter and freight system will provide interconnectivity and better alternative mode of transport from Manila to Bicol Region and vice versa.
Under the agreement, government agencies will provide the ISFs affected by the railway project with affordable housing programs.
The commuter line segment, which spans 72 kilometers with 23 stations, will start from Solis-Hermosa in Manila to Los Baños, Laguna while the long haul segment will start from Los Banos and will run through Batangas, Quezon and the Bicol provinces of Camarines Sur and Albay to Sorsogon.