PHL officials inspect tunnel boring machines in Japan for Manila subway

Infra & Development

In preparation for the construction of the Metro Manila Subway which will break ground on February 27, 2019, officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) led by Secretary Arthur Tugade inspected Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) in Japan.

On February 19, the DOTr team proceeded to the JIMT Tsurumi Factory in the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo. JIM Technology Corporation is considered as Japan’s foremost manufacturer of tunnel boring machines.

On February 20, Philippine officials traveled to Osaka via Shinkansen, and inspected the tunnel boring machines manufactured by Hitachi Zosen in Sakai City.

Hitachi Zosen’s Sakai Works (HZSW) factory has already manufactured 1,300 tunneling machines, and has a track record of 130 tunnels overseas.


During the inspection, HZSW also showed their Neo RISE technology — a no engine power and no human operation rising sea wall that automatically rises to protect any structure from incoming floodwater, which is being considered for installation at the entrances of the Metro Manila Subway stations.

“The Metro Manila Subway is the Philippines’ first-ever underground railway system. Before, people cast doubts and said it is all but a dream. But, on February 27, we will show them that this is real,” DOTr Secretary Tugade said.