“Build, Build, Build” program to pave way for Mega Manila Subway

In line with the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program, the first ever subway in Metro Manila is eyed to be partially operational by 2020 and full operational by 2025.

Aimed to provide relief to millions of Filipino commuters, the Metro Manila Subway Project formerly dubbed as the Mega Manila Subway Project is expected to serve around 370,000 passengers per day in its inaugural year.

Slated to traverse from Mindanao Avenue in the north to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport complex, the Metro Manila Subway is also expected to diminish travel time from Quezon City to Taguig by 30 minutes.

The project started rolling with the signing of a PhP 51.3-billion loan agreement from Japan last March for the first phase of the project. The total project cost is estimated at PhP 356.96 billion.

The Phase 1-Central Zone of the Metro Manila Subway includes 14 stations in Mindanao Avenue-Quirino Highway, QC; Tandang Sora, QC; North Avenue, QC; Quezon Avenue, QC; East Avenue, QC; Anonas, QC; Katipunan, QC; Ortigas North, Pasig City; Ortigas South, Pasig City; Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City; Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; Cayetano Boulevard, Taguig; Ninoy Aquino Internatioal, Pasay City; and Food Terminal Inc. (FTI), Taguig.

“While the first phase calculates a total project cost of P356.96 billion, this phase covering the central zone involves the construction of about 30-km of underground railway with 14 stations with possible extensions of 1-2 stations,” according to Department of Finance secretary Carlos Domiguez III.

“Plan envisions a North zone that will extend to Bulacan and a South zone that will extend to Cavite,” he added.