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Catamco wants public consultation on electric train project

November 24, 2020 - Tuesday 7:11 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image HEAR ALL SIDES. North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco (center) directs a multi-agency task force on the proposed operation of Hybrid Electric Road Train to consult the transport sector and general public on its operation in the province. The governor said she wants to hear all sides on the proposal and its impact on the socio-economic standing of North Cotabato. (Photo courtesy of NoCot PIO)

COTABATO CITY – North Cotabato Governor Nancy A. Catamco is keen on conducting a series of consultations to hear the side of the transport sector and the general public on the proposed operation of the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT) in the province.

HERT is a hybrid trackless train developed by DOST for public transport. DOST touted the “train-like bus” as an alternative means of transportation that would answer the country's mass transportation problem, especially in big cities.

“I want all voices heard on this; there should be feasibility study and series of consultations,” Catamco said during a meeting on Tuesday of the HERT Task Force (TF).

HERT-TF comprises representatives from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-12), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-12), the North Cotabato Provincial Planning Development and Coordinating Office, the Provincial Engineering Office, as well as other sectors.

Catamco directed the HERT-TF to focus on the financial and technical requirements, manpower and management, operation and maintenance, road requirements, and the proposal’s effect on the province's transportation sector.

"We will not make other players in the transport sector in the province insignificant with this development, especially the jeepney and tricycle drivers and operators. We need good planning,” Catamco said.

The governor also said the task force needs to listen to the transportation sector to ensure that they would not be adversely affected by the project.

“If it is not feasible at this time, I will not push for it,” Catamco said, adding the need for further study and consultation with those who will benefit from the proposal should be initiated. Edwin Fernandez