Japan, through a variety of official development assistance (ODA) support, is providing the Philippine government funds and state-of-the-art technologies and expertise from years of railway experience in its design, construction and operation stages for the development of Metro Manila Subway, the Philippines’ first subway system.
On February 27, Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda joined Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, Philippine economic managers, and other guests for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Metro Manila Subway Project (Phase 1) held in Valenzuela City.
“With this project, the development of the Philippine’s very first subway, which will run about 30km from north to south, will address the worsening congestion in Metro Manila caused by poor road network and the rising population’s demand for transportation,” the Japanese embassy in Manila said.
“Our collaboration with the Philippine Government to build and operate the country’s first-ever subway truly brings us pride. I am confident that this project will also lay new tracks to take our bilateral relations to new lengths,” Ambassador Haneda said.
According to DOTr, the Metro Manila Subway will not only be the Philippines’ first underground railway, it will also be one of its most expansive, spanning 36 kilometers, with 15 stations, crossing 7 local governments, passing 3 of Metro Manila’s business districts, and connecting all these to NAIA Terminal 3 in almost 30 minutes or less.
“Partial operability of the Subway with its first three stations is targeted for 2022, while full operations will be in 2025. In its first year of full operations alone, the seminal underground rail system is expected to serve up to 370,000 passengers per day, with a capacity of serving up to 1.5 million passengers per day,” it added.
The main contract or the first part of the design and build contract for the Metro Manila Subway’s first three stations was signed on February 20 with Shimizu Joint Venture composed of Shimizu Corporation, Fujita Corporation, Takenaka Civil Engineering Co., Ltd., and EEI Corporation.