Martin Diño, Chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) revealed in an inquiry by the Transportation Committee in the House of Representatives that the first ever bullet train to be built in the Philippines would be between Subic, Zambales and Clark, Pampanga.
He also disclosed that a Chinese company would undertake the construction of the project through a public-private partnership with the Philippine government. He also said that the establishment of the bullet train transportation system is one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s legacy projects.
He also revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to have a state visit to China this coming October 18 to 21, and part of his agenda for the visit would be the discussion for the bullet train venture.
He, however, refused to divulge the name of the Chinese company, which was contracted for the ambitious multi-billion infrastructure project.
President Duterte also previously mentioned during his bid for the presidency earlier this year that one of his dreams is to build 3 major train lines in the country. He mentioned such ambitious statements when he was facing the delegates of the tourism industry in Pasay City way back in April.
A bullet train of a high-speed rail system can run at around 200 kilometers per hour. In Japan, its infamous Shinkansen Bullet Train can run for a speed up to 320 kilometers per hour.
On the other hand, in China, a test run of two bullet trains earlier in July of this year yielded an incredible record-breaking speed of 520 kilometers per hour.
In contrast, our existing trains (Metro Rail Transit, Light Rail Transit and Philippine National Railways) only have an average speed of 40 kilometers per hour.
China has previously built a high-speed train system in Nairoba, Kenya in Africa. Earlier this year, China also announced its plans to build a high-speed train system connecting Los Angeles in California and Las Vegas in Nevada in the United States, but such venture was called off and did not push through.