PH's first subway line begins construction

PH's first subway line begins construction

The dream is finally becoming a reality.

Construction started on the country’s first ever subway line, the most ambitious among the President Duterte administration's infrastructure projects under the Build Build Build program.

The Metro Manila Subway Project is 36 kilometers long, it will cover seven cities, and has 15 stations - from Quirino Highway in Quezon City, all the way to Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.
artist rendition of the Manila Subway (photo credit to owner)

The project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and is being built to the tune of over P357 billion.
As per plan, three stations are scheduled to be operational by 2022 but the entire system is expected to be completed in 2025.
The Department of transportation said that atleast 5,000 jobs are expected to be generated from the subway construction, and 2,000 jobs once it begins fully operational.
"That's just the direct employment that the project is expected to generate, because...there's a lot of secondary and support services that is going to create much more jobs," TJ Batan, Undersecretary for Rails of the Department of Transportation (DOTr  said.
He also assured the public the construction of the subway system will have a minimal impact on traffic.
In an interview with CNN Philippines’ New Day Batan said : "It will create some necessary road diversions aboveground, but one of the good things about a subway compared to your more traditional elevated railway, is that the disruption is only going to happen where the stations are located."
According to the DoT official, the subway can withstand flooding during construction and once it becomes fully operational.
A major transformational project
Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo in a statement calls the subway system as a "a major transformational project in mass transport in the country."
He adds that, they are requesting the administrations that will succeed Duterte should keep the momentum until the subway system is fully operational.
"The Office of the President will be monitoring the progress of this project and commits its all-out support to the DOTr and all agencies involved as they endeavor to deliver this facility to our countrymen," he said.
The Metro Manila Subway Project is the most expensive project of the government under the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program.
It is expected to cut travel time from the north most station — Quirino Avenue — to NAIA from the usual two to three hours to a mere 30 minutes.
The subway system is also expected to serve more than 300,000 passengers daily

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