Strengthening the Transition of Vulnerable Communities Affected by the Malolos-Clark Railway Project (ADB-52083-007)

  • Philippines
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Angeles City, Apalit, Clark Special Economic Zone, Mabalacat, Malolos, Minalin, San Fernando
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 18, 2019
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Government of the Philippines
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  • Transport
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 2.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jan 28, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jan 2, 2020

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Project Description

According to bank documents, the Malolos–Clark Railway Project will support the construction of two sections, totaling 53.1 kilometers (km), of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) connecting the regional center of Clark in Central Luzon with Metro Manila and Calamba, Laguna. The project will provide affordable, reliable, and safe public transport. It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and cut travel time from Metro Manila to Clark from 2–3 hours by bus to less than 1 hour by rail.

The project is financed by a multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) of up to $2.75 billion from the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) ordinary capital resources (OCR), which was approved on 23 May 2019 by ADB’s Board of Directors, and is co-financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the amount of $2.01 billion.

Investment Description
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Contact Information

Department of Transportation
The Columbia Tower, Brgy. Wack-wack,
Ortigas Avenue, 1555, Mandaluyong City


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