President Rodrigo Duterte’s massive ‘Build, Build’ Build’ initiative is expected to provide relief to millions of commuters in the metropolis, as the first-ever subway in the Philippines is expected to be partially operational in two years.
The aforementioned project was made possible after the Philippine government tapped the assistance of Japan.
In March, the Duterte administration successfully secured a P51.3-billion loan agreement for the first phase of the Metro Manila Subway project.
The Phase 1 has an estimated cost of P356.96 billion, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said recently.
“This phase covering central zone involves the construction of about 30-km of underground railway with 14 stations,” he added.
This subway system, which will run from Mindanao Avenue in the north all the way to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport complex, seeks to be partially operational by 2020 and fully operational by 2025.
The government said once the phase one opens to the public, it could cater around 370, 000 passengers per day.
This also lessens the travel time from Quezon City to Taguig to 31 minutes.
After this, Phase 2 will be the North (Bulacan) and South (Cavite) areas.
“Plan envisons a North zone that will extent to Bulacan and a South zone that will extend to Cavite,” he said.
“The entire central zone will be operational in 2025 including the commercial space on subway stations,” Dominguez added.