PHL’s 1st subway project to groundbreak this year

The Duterte administration is eyeing to hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the country’s first subway, the Metro Manila Subway Project Phase I, within the fourth quarter of this year.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said during the Philippine Economic Forum in Tokyo, Japan on June 19 that the development of the subway will take 5 years, however, they will be implementing partial operability by 1st quarter of 2022.

Metro Manila Subway Project Phase I will connect Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and FTI.

The project will be financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through official development assistance (ODA) loan which was signed in March 2018. JICA said the 104.53 billion yen ODA will support the initial construction of the Philippines’ first subway.

Signing and Exchanging of Notes for the said loan package was held in November 2017.

“This project will contribute to relieving serious traffic congestion in Metro Manila by meeting growing transportation demand, as well as easing atmospheric pollution and climate change,” the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“The new subway is estimated to transport approximately 500,000 passengers per day in 2027 (two years after the completion of the project), and to reduce the time required for moving from Mindanao Avenue Station to FTI Station to 30 minutes by express train, where it currently takes approximately two hours by car,” it added. “This project is thus expected to contribute to sustainable economic growth through the promotion of investment in the Philippines.”