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DOST allows PNR to use PH-made hybrid train

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The Department of Science and Technology has offered the Philippine National Railways (PNR) usage of its hybrid electric train made by local scientists.

Launched in June last year, the train which costs around PhP 120 million is intended to be the agency’s contribution in combating the metro’s worsening traffic situation.

According to Robert Dizon, Executive Director of DOST Metals Industry Research and Development Center, the department that built the vehicle, the hybrid electric train has been available to use after its PhP 20-million upgrade was completed.

Dizon also stressed that aside from being proudly Filipino made, the hybrid electric train should also serve as a call for agencies to “push through with local technologies.”

Systra Philippines Inc., the engineering firm that tested the train also noted that it’s ready to operate, after tweaking its shock absorption, braking system, and lighting. The firm also affirmed the safety of the train which can travel at a speed of 40 kph.

PNR General Manager Junn B. Magno has also agreed that the train will be viable in the development of the local train industry, although the executive disclosed that the PNR had yet to conduct studies on the capability of the hybrid electrical train.

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