MANILA — A Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) personnel has been chosen to participate in specialized urban railway management training in Tokyo that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) sponsored from 19 January to 16 February 2023.
MRT-3 Transport Division Officer-in-Charge Engr. Nestor V. Delos Santos, Jr., who also holds the position of Supervising Transportation Development Officer at MRT-3 Transport Division, was among the participants in JICA’s specialized urban railway management training.
Engr. Delos Santos joined other railway practitioners and sector representatives from other countries including Bangladesh, Kenya, Peru, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
The specialized training was aimed at discussing “pressing issues on urban railway companies and relevant organizations, like the United Nations (UN) and practitioners of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to realize safer and more efficient management of the urban railways.”
The training methodology involved lecture discussions, workshops, and site visits to key Japanese urban railway infrastructure and facilities such as the Tokyo Monorail, Tsukuba Express, Takanawa Gateway Station Facility, Tokyo General Rolling Stock Center, Tokyo Metro Station, and East Japan Railway Company.
Among the lecture topics of the training included urban railway system planning and design, sustainable operation, measures to secure seamless and integrated transportation, technical standards for railway safety, and mobility management, among others.
At the end of the training course, the trainees formulated improvement or action plans on issues in their respective countries and organizations, utilizing the knowledge they have learned from the training program in order to help improve the operation of urban railroads in their own countries.
“I found the course and the topics relevant to my duties and responsibilities at the Transport Division. I am particularly looking forward to applying what I will learn about safety procedures and mobility management towards safer and more efficient management and control of our daily train operations at the MRT-3,” Engr. Delos Santos shared.