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After the launch of the new Malabon-Taguig line last December, the first-ever Filipino-made train will start operating under the Philippine National Railways (PNR) starting this March.

Photo from DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Information Institute posted the photo of the hybrid electric train on Facebook.

“The Philippine National Railways will officially use the first-ever Philippine-made train developed by the DOST-Philippines!” said in the caption.

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the train has passed all the required tests and will run a route starting March. It is expected to travel from Tutuban to Alabang and vice versa.

In an interview with Manila Bulletin, director of the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) Roberto Dizon said that there is still no definite date for the official use of the train.

Ang sabi namin during the first quarter ‘yung result of the RAMS [Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety]… that we conducted late last year from September to November,” Dizon said.

‘Yung ginawa naming RAMS ay walang commuters involved. Puro mga sandbags [and] dummy loads. So after the validation, magpapasakay na sila, ‘di ko lang alam kung commercial ‘yan, kung may bayad ba ‘yan or libreng sakay,” he added.

Developed by the MIRDC, the hybrid electric train is a proudly Filipino-made vehicle, mainly powered by hybrid diesel fuel and electric-powered battery. It is designed to be energy-efficient, which means it doesn’t need electricity and suspended cables to operate. It has a total of 5 coaches that are 12 meters in length and can accommodate 880 passengers with the speed of 50km/h.

What can you say about this Filipino-made hybrid train? We’re excited to try it!

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