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American firm keen on reviving Panay railway

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By Tara Yap

Iloilo City – An American firm is interested in reviving the Panay railway system.

Cesar Capellan, president of Panay Railways Inc., disclosed that representatives of an American company will visit the country soon to conduct ocular inspections.

Built during the American colonial period in early 1900s, trains used to travel between Iloilo City and Roxas City, Capiz.

Operations ceased in the 1980s.

The proposed revival of the Panay railway system has been discussed for more than a decade.

It was proposed that routes will extend to Malay town in Aklan, gateway to world-renowned Boracay Island.

Last year, President Duterte expressed full support to the  Panay railway revival during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

It was, however, not included in his administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

Meanwhile, two Chinese firms are interested in constructing a monorail system in Iloilo City and its neighboring towns.

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