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HYBRID ELECTRIC TRAIN

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By:   ADELA GARAPAN IDA


The Department  of  Science  and Technology  (DOST) and  attached agency  METAL INDUSTRY RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT  CENTER (MIRDC) has  made its 1st Media Demo  Ride  at  the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Tutuban  Station, on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
 
The event was led by the Out-going Secretary of DOST, Sec. Mario G. Montejo, UnderSecretary Rowena Cristina Guevarra, Gen. Manager, PNR, Engr. Joseph Allan C.Dilay; Executive Director, DOST-MIRDC, Engr. Robert Dizon; Project Manager, PNR, Engr,Robert Acuin; and  Chairman, PNR, Hon. Manuel Torres.
 
The  Hybrid Electric Train  is  the  first  of  its  kind Mass Transportation  developed  and designed here  in  the Philippines  by Filipino Engineers, Technicians and  other  highly skilled  workers  from  Metal Industry Research  Center (MIRDC)  The  parts  and  engines comes from  our local  manufacturers.
 
The  DOST-MIRDC  had initiated to develop  this  Hybrid  Electric  Train  in order to respond  the pressing needs of  mass  transport here  in Metro  Manila  and to  ease    the  burdens of  traffic  problems due  to  the  rapid  increase of  riding public  and  the  commuters  and  the numerous  volumes  of  vehicles.  These  are   the main cause of traffic  congestions  in our  main highways  and  thoroughfares.
 
The  work  began  in  2010  and  already  in its completion  but  not yet  operational because  it  needs  more break –ins  and   testing  to ensure  the  safety  and  convenience  of  our  passengers.
 
The  DOST-MIRDC   had funded  the  cost  of  this  Hybrid  Electric Train  in  the  amount  of  P120 MILLIONS  pesos. The train can approximately accommodate 200 passengers per travel.#

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