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PH, ADB ink $4.3B loan agreement for South Commuter Railway project

 / 10:59 AM June 17, 2022

Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte and Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Masatsugu Asakawa have signed a $4.3 billion loan agreement for a railway project that will reduce travel time between Metro Manila and Calamba in Laguna to just one hour.

The South Commuter Railway project is a nearly 55-kilometer line between Manila and Calamba with a total of 18 stations.

“It will provide fast, affordable travel for millions of Filipinos, take cars off congested roads and reduce carbon emissions, and boost the economy by creating and providing access to more jobs,” Asakawa shared in a tweet on Thursday.

The ADB chief also praised the outgoing administration for its “commitment to economic reforms, infrastructure development, and pro-poor growth.”