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Philippines: Malolos-Clark Railway Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52083-001 Status: Active

The project will support the construction of two sections, totaling 53.1 kilometers (km), of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), a 163 km suburban railway network connecting the regional center of Clark in Central Luzon with Metro Manila and Calamba, Laguna. The Malolos-Clark Railway Project comprises: (i) Malolos-Clark section (51.2 km) from Malolos to Clark and Clark International Airport, and (ii) Blumentritt extension (1.9 km) connecting Solis and Blumentritt stations in Metro Manila District I (City of Manila). Both sections are part of the NSCR and extensions of the Tutuban-Solis-Malolos section financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The NSCR will be completed during 2022-2025 as an integrated 163 km dedicated suburban passenger railway system comprising four sections: (i) Tutuban-Solis-Malolos, (ii) Malolos-Clark-Clark International Airport, (iii) Solis-Blumentritt-Calamba, and (iv) Clark-New Clark City.

 
Project Name Malolos-Clark Railway Project
Project Number 52083-001
Country Philippines
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
MFF Facility Concept 0106-PHI: Malolos-Clark Railway Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 2,750.00 million
MFF Facility Concept: Malolos-Clark Railway Project
Japan International Cooperation Agency US$ 2,011.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The project will support the construction of two sections, totaling 53.1 kilometers (km), of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), a 163 km suburban railway network connecting the regional center of Clark in Central Luzon with Metro Manila and Calamba, Laguna. The Malolos-Clark Railway Project comprises: (i) Malolos-Clark section (51.2 km) from Malolos to Clark and Clark International Airport, and (ii) Blumentritt extension (1.9 km) connecting Solis and Blumentritt stations in Metro Manila District I (City of Manila). Both sections are part of the NSCR and extensions of the Tutuban-Solis-Malolos section financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The NSCR will be completed during 2022-2025 as an integrated 163 km dedicated suburban passenger railway system comprising four sections: (i) Tutuban-Solis-Malolos, (ii) Malolos-Clark-Clark International Airport, (iii) Solis-Blumentritt-Calamba, and (iv) Clark-New Clark City. The project will provide affordable, reliable, and safe public transport; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to cutting travel time from Metro Manila to Clark from 2-3 hours (by bus) to less than 1 hour by rail.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Project will support the national spatial strategy (NSS) of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, which serves as the basis for policies on urban and infrastructure development in accordance with AmBisyon Natin 2040. The NSS recognizes the role of cities as engines of economic growth and poverty reduction, and infrastructure to provide efficient connective networks of sustainable communities. It aims to decongest Metro Manila and direct growth to other key areas and address spatial and socioeconomic inequalities by linking lagging regions with leading ones, rather than advocating the uniform dispersal of development. The Government's "Build, Build, Build" Program in which the Project is included, builds upon this national strategy.
Impact Local, national, and international connectivity improved
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Efficiency and capacity of transportation along the Manila-Clark corridor improved
Progress Toward Outcome The loan has been declared effective on 26 September 2019. Procurement process for all civil works are ongoing. The bidding period for civil works contract packages, CP N01-N05 and CP S-01, has been completed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

New railway line commissioned

Institutional capacity strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1:

Bidding for all 6 civil works packages financed under the project has been completed and bids are undergoing evaluation. Contract awards are targeted within the second quarter of 2020.

Capacity building activities to establish a permanent structure for the Project Management Office (PMO) were initiated and recruitment of a consulting firm to support project communication is ongoing.

Output 2:

An indicator was added to Output 2 on 18 Dec 2019 as a result of the approval of TA 9913-PHI: Strengthening the Transition of Vulnerable Communities Affected by the Malolos-Clark Railway Project.

The transaction technical assistance (TA 9913-PHI) was approved on 18 December 2019, amounting to $2 million financed on a grant basis by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR), and administered by ADB. The TA, "Strengthening the Transition of Vulnerable Communities Affected by the Malolos-Clark Railway Project", will help deliver the project's Output 2: Institutional Capacity Strengthened under Tranche 1 (Loan 3796-PHI).

The TA will pilot an innovative livelihood restoration system for displaced project affected persons using "Graduation Approach" and 40 DOTr staff will be trained in its application. ADB is currently in the process of engaging a nongovernment organization/consulting entity.

Geographical Location Angeles, Apalit, Clark Special Economic Zone, Mabalacat, Malolos, Minalin, San Fernando, Santo Tomas
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project was assessed category A for the environment. Environmental impact assessments (EIAs) have been prepared for the Malolos Clark section and for the Blumentritt extension in compliance with the Safeguard Policy Statement. Key project environmental issues identified and addressed are dust emissions during construction, noise and vibration during construction and operation, waste generation, traffic congestion and impediments to public access, and occupational and community health and safety. Public consultations were undertaken during EIA preparation. The DOTr will ensure that (i) the EMP in the EIA will be incorporated in bid documents for all packages regardless of financing source; (ii) consultations with people affected by construction activities are carried out throughout construction; and (iii) a grievance redress mechanism will be established, adequately resourced, and publicized before commencing civil works.
Involuntary Resettlement The project was assessed category A for involuntary resettlement. The project will require acquisition of 49 hectares (ha) of land: 46 ha for the Malolos-Clark section and 3 ha for the Blumentritt extension. Resettlement impacts have been minimized by using PNR-owned land and government-owned land wherever possible. Out of the estimated 1,889 project affected households, equivalent to a total number of 7,581 project affected persons, the majority are expected to be severely affected and required to relocate and most of them are informal settlers. A resettlement and indigenous peoples planning framework (RIPPF) has been prepared for the MFF following the Safeguard Policy Statement to guide the preparation of the RAPs. The RAPs have been prepared for the Malolos-Clark section and the Blumentritt extension based on resettlement surveys, social assessments, and consultations. Updating the RAPs based on the detailed engineering design is ongoing. The RAPs mitigate involuntary resettlement impacts by providing compensation at replacement cost along with assistance for relocation and livelihood restoration. Measures have been incorporated to improve the living standards of vulnerable affected people.
Indigenous Peoples The whole project is assessed category B for indigenous peoples because of one project area's proximity to indigenous ancestral domain land in Pampanga province. However, due diligence confirmed that the project does not encroach on indigenous peoples land and a certificate of non-overlap with ancestral domain land has been issued by the Philippines National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. Furthermore, due diligence for the project indicated that impacts on indigenous peoples are not anticipated, and an indigenous peoples plan was not prepared. The RIPPF for the MFF follows the Safeguard Policy Statement to guide the preparation of indigenous peoples plans, should impacts on indigenous peoples be identified when subsequent tranches are processed.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design A communication and participation strategy for the project has been prepared. Incorporating stakeholder analysis findings, the strategy will identify effective communication channels, best approaches to foster participation and partnerships, key messages, and means of integrating activities with the grievance redressal mechanism. The strategy includes implementation timelines, roles and responsibilities, budget, monitoring and evaluation requirements for project communication. Key components of the strategy ensures proactively disclosing project information and activities to local communities and stakeholders; soliciting stakeholders input and feedback on beneficial mitigation measures; encouraging community participation in project activities that affect or could benefit stakeholders, such as civil works construction; and conducting awareness-raising activities related to HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and safety measures.
During Project Implementation

The PMO will have overall responsibility for the implementation of the strategy, supported by the construction supervision consultant.

The grievance redress mechanism has been set up for the Malolos-Clark section. Consultations and validation activities for the updating of the resettlement action plans are ongoing.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services None.
Procurement Open competitive bidding in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time). Bidding for all 6 civil works packages financed under the project has been completed and bids are undergoing evaluation. Contract awards are targeted within the second quarter of 2020.
Responsible ADB Officer Roesner, Markus
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Timetable
Concept Clearance 22 Aug 2018
Fact Finding 15 Oct 2018 to 31 Oct 2018
MRM 11 Dec 2018
Approval 23 May 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2020

MFF Facility Concept 0106-PHI

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6,139.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 2,750.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 1,378.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 2,011.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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Title Document Type Document Date
Malolos-Clark Railway Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Apr 2019
Malolos-Clark Railway Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Apr 2019
Malolos-Clark Railway Project: Facility Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Apr 2019
Malolos-Clark Railway Project: Framework Financing Agreement Framework Financing Agreement Mar 2019
Malolos-Clark Railway Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Feb 2019
Malolos-Clark Railway Project, Phase 1: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Aug 2018

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
52083-PHI: Malolos-Clark Railway Project [PB19-156-2, Package CP S-01] Invitation for Bids Closed 10 May 2019 20 Nov 2019
52083-PHI: Malolos-Clark Railway Project [Packages CP N-04 and CP N-05] Invitation for Bids Closed 06 May 2019 14 Oct 2019
52083-PHI: Malolos-Clark Railway Project [CP N-01, CP N-02, and CP N-03] Invitation for Bids Closed 31 Jan 2019 27 Aug 2019
PHI: Malolos–Clark Railway Project, Phase 1 [UPDATED] Advance Notice Active 13 Nov 2018
PHI: Malolos–Clark Railway Project, Phase 1 Advance Notice Active 28 Aug 2018

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Malolos-Clark Railway Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Feb 2019