METRO MANILA SUBWAY BREAKS GROUND SET NEXT WEEK
After setbacks and postponements, the groundbreaking for Metro Manila Subway project will finally take place on February 27, local reports said, quoting the Department of Transportation (DOTr)
“The Metro Manila Subway is the Philippines’ first-ever underground railway system. Before, people cast doubts and said it is all but a dream. But, on Feb. 27, we will show them that this is real,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
The DOTr was earlier targeting to hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the subway project on December. But it was rescheduled to January upon the request of their Japanese counterparts.
DOTr top officials led by Tugade are currently in Japan to meet with their partners and check the status of the project.
Both parties are expected to flesh out details of the planned subway including the 30-kilometer subway system to be financed by P45-billion loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
They are also expected to discuss the tunnel-boring machines (TBM) manufactured by Japan-based Hitachi Zosen’s Sakai Works.
The agency explained that the 6.9-meter diameter tunnel boring machine, used to excavate tunnels while minimizing vibration above ground, has to be assembled in Japan for a test.
Once it passes the tests, the machine will be shipped to the Philippines in parts where it will be assembled again for construction use.
The subway is a 35-kilometer line which will have 15 stations from Quirino Highway to NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City and FTI in Taguig.
Partial operations, targeted in 2022, include the opening of a training center, the depot, and three stations namely, Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora and North Avenue.
Full operations is expected by 2025. Japanese consortium OC Global – comprised of Oriental Consultants Global Co. Ltd., Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd., Katahira & Engineers International, Pacific Consultants Co Ltd., Tonichi Engineering Consultants Inc., and Metro Development Co. Ltd. – clinched the contract to develop the subway.
The subway project is considered as the single largest project under the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build program.