The Japanese government has committed to provide 4 billion US dollar for the construction of the Mega Manila Subway System wherein President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are set to sign in this coming November.

According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) the project subway will operate by the end of the Duterte administration in 2022 and is eyeing to operate its first five stations.

Proposed Mega Manila Subway System

DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Cesar Chavez said that their office is coordinating with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the fast implementation of the subway project.

Chavez said during the Dutertenomics forum held Thursday afternoon at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City that “DOTr Secretary Tugade is consulting with JICA that the construction schedule for the subway project should be sped up without compromising quality and good governance.”

It will have stations from Mindanao Avenue, North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, East Avenue, Anonas, Katipunan, Ortigas North, Ortigas South, Kalayaan Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Cayetano Boulevard and up to Food Terminal Incorporated or FTI.

Secretary Art Tugade of the DOTr

But Secretary Art Tugade of the DOTr suggested that the subway must be stretched out the distance up to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to help promote ease of mobility for passengers going to and from the airport.

The subway system is envisioned to be an underground mass transportation system connecting major business districts and government centers which are expected to serve 370,000 passengers daily from Mindanao Avenue to FTI-Taguig which is expected to reduce travel time from Quezon City to Taguig to just 31 minutes from the present 1.5 hours.

The construction of the Mega Manila Subway Project is set to begin by the 4th quarter of 2018 and anticipated that would be finished by 2025. – JCE.

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