The Philippine government, through the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed the contract for the design and build of Metro Manila Subway’s partial operability section on February 20. Groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled on February 27.
The first three stations: Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora and North Avenue are being eyed to be operational by 2022 with the entire system eyed to be operational by 2025.
DOTr said 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.
DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Reinier Paul R. Yebra signed the contract with Shimizu Corporation’s Manila Branch General Manager, Makoto Fujii, on behalf of the Joint Venture between Shimizu Corporation, Fujita Corporation, Takenaka Civil Engineering Co., Ltd., and EEI Corporation.
“The Shimizu Joint Venture will be pursuing the design and build of the Subway’s partial operability section, which consists of its first three underground stations (Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue), tunnel structures, the Valenzuela Depot, and the building and facilities for the Philippine Railway Institute,” DOTr said.
DOTr said 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.
“Next week, our countrymen will finally see that the dream of a railway system running underground in this country is soon becoming a reality. Of course there will be some inconvenience along the way, but that is nothing compared to the long-lasting comfort this project will bring to the Filipino people,” DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said.