PNR to do test runs from Manila-Naga to deliver medical supplies

Legazpi City – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) announced on Thursday that a Diesel Multiple-Unit (DMU) train has arrived in Naga City on Thursday.

The said train unit will do a trial run in preparation for the transporting of medical supplies to Bicol amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

According PNR assistant general manager Atty. Celeste Lauta, the test run would determine the capability of the DMU train in bringing cargo supplies to the region from Metro Manila.

She added, these supplies, are those needed by the Department of Health, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police in their fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Bicol.

Lauta said “once the train test run is successful, we will request the Interagency Task Force approval following the ECQ Safety Health and Environment Protocol for the PNR to resume the Manila-Naga train operations”, as interviewed by the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Several problems the PNR usually encounters including those concerning informal settlers and severe damage to the tracks have caused their services to cease, although the current administration has been consistently working to make PNR fully operational anew. 

However no news yet on the actual and final start of operations to be available to the public.

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