It’s always nice to end the week on some good news. This week’s edition is brought to us by the Department of Transportation, who shared a fun fact highlighting the massive improvements made to the Philippine National Railways (PNR) over the last four years. Between 2016, the PNR increase their number of operating station from just 17 to the current 33.
Thanks to this increase in stations, the PNR’s operations now span from Los Banos, Laguna to Malabon.
The PNR first began its operations nearly 130 years ago in 1892. During the 1970’s, the Philippine government shifted its transportation focus towards roads by establishing the pan-Philippine highway. During this period, the PNR fell into disrepair and its routes began to grow limited as more and more stations were no longer operational.
Within just four years, the Department of Transportation was able to reclaim a significant portion of the PNR’s lost functions. This vital lifeline of transportation is finally being restored.