Work starts on Metro Manila Sub­way

Sun.Star Pampanga - - HEALTH! -

GROUND­BREAK­ING cer­e­monies were held Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 27, to mark the start of the con­struc­tion of the Metro Manila Sub­way, the coun­try’s first un­der­ground rail sys­tem and one of the flag­ship projects un­der Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s Build Build Build pro­gram.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said the Palace was elated with the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony, which has de­bunked claims of crit­ics that the project would never ma­te­ri­ali ze.

“The crit­ics say it can never be done. The cyn­ics say it is just a dream. We are pleased to an­nounce to­day’s ground­break­ing cer­e­mony of the Metro Manila Sub­way, which will be the first-ever un­der­ground rail­way sys­tem in the Philip­pines,” the Palace of­fi­cial said in a state­ment.

“The Metro Manila Sub­way has been dubbed as the project of the cen­tury as it is con­sid­ered a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tional project in mass trans­port in the coun­try,” he added.

The 36-kilo­me­ter Metro Manila sub­way will have 15 sta­tions that will run from Quirino High­way in Que­zon City to Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nal (Naia) 3 in Pasay City and FTI in Tagu i g.

With a speed of up to 80 kilo­me­ters per hour, the rail­way sys­tem would al­low com­mut­ing pub­lic to en­joy a travel time of 30 min­utes from Que­zon City to Naia Ter­mi­nal 3.

A joint ven­ture of Shimizu Corp., Fu­jita Corp. and Tak­e­naka Civil En­gi­neer­ing Co. Ltd. of Ja­pan and the Philip­pines’s EEI Corp was tapped to de­sign and build the first three sta­tions in Valen­zuela, Tan­dang Sora, and North Av­enue.

Par­tial op­er­abil­ity of the sub­way with the first three sta­tions is tar­geted in 2022, while full op­er­a­tions will be in 2025.

Panelo called on the pub­lic to be “pa­tient,” telling them that they will “greatly ben­e­fit from gains of this ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture project in the near fu­ture.”

He also ex­pressed hope that the suc­ces­sor of the Duterte gov­ern­ment would con­tinue the sub­way project to en­sure its full im­ple­men­ta­tion by 2025.

“With this foun­da­tion, we re­quest suc­ceed­ing ad­min­is­tra­tions to ex­ert the same ef­fort un­til the rail­way sys­tem is fully com­pleted,” he said.

“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 added. (Ruth Abbey Gita/Sun­Star Philippi nes)

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