DOTr to present something ‘big’ and ‘heavy’ on February 5


The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has announced that it is presenting something “big” and “heavy” on February 5. In its teaser, a blurred image of a tunnel boring machine (TBM) can be seen.

On September 4 last year, DOTr presented during a virtual event an actual TBM, which was in Japan, to be used for the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP).

DOTr said delivery of TBMs to be used for MMSP will start early this year.


According to DOTr, a total of 6 TBMs manufactured by JIM Technology Corporation in its factory in Tsurumi Prefecture, Japan, will be used to build the country’s first ever underground mass transport system.

“Playing a fundamental role in building the subway, these TBMs will be used to dig underground and lay the tunnels. They can excavate through a variety of ground conditions, from hard rock to sand,” DOTr said.

“The subway, dubbed as the ‘Project of the Century,’ will stretch across 36-kilometers, connecting Valenzuela Depot to NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City and FTI. The project aims to reduce travel time from the Valenzuela Depot to NAIA Terminal 3 to just 45 minutes, from the original 1 hour and 30 minutes,” DOTr said.