Department of Transportation (DOTr) officials are currently in Japan with representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Today, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, Undersecretary for Railwways Timothy John Batan, and JICA’s Chief Representative Yoshio Wada rode a train to visit the factory of a second tunnel boring machine manufacturer in Sakai City, near Osaka.
Secretary Tugade reportedly observed the speedy and efficient way Japanese workers maintained the cleanliness of their trains. Trains are quickly cleaned as they dock into stations, which is a real feat considering the logistical challenge of keeping the trains on time.
The Japanese railway system is famous for its timeliness and high standard of cleanliness. The culture and way of doing things that the Japanese practice is credited for their impeccable train system.
These elements will be integrated into the training programs of the Philippine Railway Institute. Learning from our neighbors in Japan, the Philippines will soon revolutionize its mass transport system from infrastructure to operations.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade is visiting Japan this week in order to arrange with Japanese officials the schedule of the Metro Manila subway project’s inauguration ceremony. The inauguration was originally expected for last January, but has been delayed due to scheduling issues. Project construction has also been delayed thanks to these issues.