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Groundbreaking for Metro Manila Subway project has been rescheduled to January next year, local reports said, quoting the Department of Transportation (DoTr) chief.

The DoTr postponed the groundbreaking for the $7-billion project that was originally scheduled for December 19 upon the request of their Japanese counterparts, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.

“For the groundbreaking of the subway I really wanted that on the 19th (of December), but what was the issue? The availability of the people, of those coming from Japan. Because you know, it’s the holidays… So they asked on both sides if it could be rescheduled somewhere mid-Jan.,” Tugade told reporters.

It can be recalled that in March, the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a 104.53 billion yen loan agreement for the subway project which will be done in two phases.

The first one entails the creation of the Central Zone component spanning from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City through the FTI in Taguig City to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.

This would cover the first three stations — Mindanao Avenue-Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue.

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.

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