The civil works contract for viaducts, structures, bridges and five stations is divided into three works packages, which need to be bid for separately, comprising sections which are around 17km, 16km and 12km long.

A pre-bid conference will be held on March 7 and the closing date for bids is May 10.

The Philippines Department of Finance has applied to the Asian Development Bank for a loan for Phase 2.

Work officially started on February 15 on PNR Clark Phase 1, a 37.6km elevated electrified line with 10 stations running from Tutuban in northern Manila north to Malolos. A third phase, PNR Calamba, will involve building a 56km line from Manila to Calamba, Laguna. When completed, the full network will be 146.6km long with 37 stations served by a fleet of 58 EMUs.