‘Not bullet train but medium speed train for Sangley-Clark railway link’

Manila, Philippines — The planned railway, which will connect Clark International Airport in Pampanga and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport(NAIA) in Manila should have a medium speed train and not an ambitious bullet train, says Former Finance Secretary Roberto de Ocampo.

De Ocampo, who served as chairman and CEO of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) in 1989 and has been an Independent Director of EEI Corp., said the issue should not focus on airports or transportation alone. “If you look at it as only about airports and look at it as only about traffic, you may just miss the bigger picture.”

“This is about urban congestion and our chance in a lifetime to solve it to enable to disperse the city outward and to create a new megalopolis that would be the main magnet of economic activity for the rest of the nation. You simply had to disperse the city outward,” he said.

The Manila-Clark railway, which was approved by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA)  and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in April 2015, is among the big-ticket projects of the Duterte Administration to decongest the traffic-ridden Metro Manila.