These EMUs, designed and supplied by CAF, are part of a contract with the Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr). This project is a component of the larger North-South Commuter Railway Project, which aims to connect Clark International Airport, northwest of Manila, to Laguna in the south. The initiative, valued at €150 million, is supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The DOTr oversees the nation's transportation infrastructure, including roads, railways, ports, and airports. This railway project is aligned with its objective of developing modern and efficient transportation systems to enhance economic growth and national competitiveness.
Managed by the DOTr and the Philippine National Railways (PNR), the new railway line is part of a national strategy to improve transportation around Manila. The goal is to ease road traffic and reduce congestion in the metro area, contributing to the government's pursuit of sustainable transportation solutions.
CAF's ongoing collaboration with Mitsubishi Corporation includes several notable projects, such as providing rolling stock for Manila's Light Rail Transit System Line 1 and initiatives in Istanbul and Canberra.