Manila, August 27 (Engineering Daily) -- The construction of the Metro Manila subway, the biggest project under the government’s "Build, Build, Build" program, will begin this year announced by Department of Transportation (DOTr). Secretary Arthur Tugade reported.
Last March, the Philippine and Japan governments signed a loan agreement for the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) with the initial tranche amounting to USD935 million.
“We are still on track. We are starting the groundbreaking and formal construction by no later than December of the last quarter of this year,” Tugade said in a Palace press briefing.
During the signing of the loan agreement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said Phase 1 of the 25-kilometer underground railway has an estimated cost of USD7.1 billion and will have a total of 14 stations from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Paranaque City.
He said the initial operation of the MMSP is targeted to start by 2022 while the full operation of the Phase 1 has been set for 2025.
Meanwhile, Tugade said the actual bidding for the construction of the Mindanao Railway will be postponed due to changes in the railway.
The onset of the Mindanao Railway project depends on the loan agreement between the Philippines and China.