Panay railways revival a game changer: Defensor

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The return of railroad service in Panay Island would be a game changer, according to Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.

“This is very promising for Iloilo and Panay Island as a whole. It will improve the connectivity of the island’s provinces, make more efficient the transport of goods and make travel more convenient,” said Defensor.

In his first State of the Nation Address Monday, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s expressed his plan to revive the Panay railways whose original route was 117 kilometers long. (

It connected the then towns of La Paz and Jaro (now districts of Iloilo City), Pavia, Santa Barbara, New Lucena, Pototan, Dingle, Dueñas, and Passi in Iloilo, and Dumarao, Dao, Panitan, Cuartero, and Loctugan in Capiz.

“This is the backbone of the transport system or connectivity that we want to achieve. This is totally aligned with the direction that we want to pursue for Iloilo, Panay Island and whole Region 6,” the governor said.

For his part, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas said he was “elated” by the plan to revive the Panay railways.