The construction of the Partial Operability (PO) section of the much-awaited Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP)—the first-ever underground railway system in the Philippines—has officially started today, 21 December 2019!
In an auspicious ceremony led by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, the event formalizes the commencement of the site clearing works in preparation for the construction of the PO phase of the Subway. Further, check payments to the affected landowners for the Right-of-Way (ROW) acquisition of the project depot were distributed, and deeds of assignment for the other ROW-affected properties were also signed.
The PO section of the subway is comprised of the first stations in Valenzuela and Quezon City, the depot in Valenzuela, and structures for the Philippine Railway Institute (PRI), the first-ever railway training center in the country.
Hailed as the ‘project of the century’, this 36-km Metro Manila Subway is set to run at up to 80 kilometers per hour. It will have 15 stations, crossing seven local governments, three of Metro Manila’s business districts, and connecting Quezon City all the way to NAIA Terminal 3 from 1 hour and 10 minutes to just around 36 minutes.
Guided by Japan’s expertise in railways, the Metro Manila Subway will feature technological advancements and disaster-resilient strategies aimed to boost the Subway’s structural integrity amid regular occurrence of typhoons and earthquakes.
This underground rail line is expected to serve 370,000 passengers daily in its first year of full operations, and is targeted to be partially operable by 2021.
Officials present in the event were DOTr Usec. for Railways Timothy John Batan, Philippine Railways Institute Executive Director Usec. Anelli Lontoc, Usec. for Aviation and Airports Manuel Antonio Tamayo, Usec. for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark de Leon, OIC Usec. for Administrative Services Artemio Tuazon Jr, Asec for Railways and Project Implementation – Mindanao Cluster Eymard Eje, Asec. for Maritime Lino Dabi, and Asec. for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddes Hope Libiran.
In attendance also were House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Edgar Sarmiento, officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the local governments of Quezon City and Valenzuela City, the Embassy of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and representatives of the MMSP contractor Shimizu-Fujita-Takenaka-EEI consortium. DOTR