The Metro Manila Subway broke ground on Wednesday, February 27. It’s set to be the country’s first underground railway system.
The subway project under the Duterte Administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program will be built in partnership with the Government of Japan, done through an Official Development Assistance loan. About JPY 104.530-billion (~PHP 51-billion) was loaned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The Department of Transportation signed a design-build contract with the Shimizu Joint Venture.
Quirino Highway-Mindanao Avenue Station, Tandang Sora Station, and North Avenue Station are the first three stations of the Metro Manila Subway. Along with the tunnel structures and facilities of the Philippine Railway Institute, the three stations will be built and designed under the joint venture of Shimizu Corporation, Fujita Corporation, Takenaka Civil Engineering Co., Ltd., and EEI Corporations.
A total of 15 stations, beginning from Quirino Highway to NAIA Terminal 3 and FTI in Taguig, will make up the Metro Manila Subway. It will span a total of 36 kilometers. The target date for partial operations of the subway is slated for 2022, while full services will be in 2025.
Source: GMA News