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PHL-Japan to start designing Mega Manila Subway in Nov. | GMA news - August 17, 2017

--- Quote ---Japan and the Philippines will start designing the P227-billion Mega Manila Subway in November, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said on Thursday.

"The subway I think is going to be the project of the century for the Philippines. Designing of that will be in November when Prime Minister Abe will come for the ASEAN Summit," he said in a press conference in Quezon City.

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The P227-billion Mega Manila Subway was introduced as the Mass Transit System Loop or the Light Rail Transit Line 5 under the administration of former President Benigno S.C Aquino III.

It will be a 25-kilometer underground mass rail system connecting major business districts and government centers. It is expected to serve 370,000 passengers per day in its opening year.
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$7-B Metro Manila subway to be extended to NAIA | Rappler - September 07, 2017

--- Quote ---From an earlier projection of $4.4 billion (P225.17 billion), the estimated project cost went up to $7 billion (P358.25 billion).

"In most of our neighboring countries in Asia, you can reach the city without ever leaving the platform. So, economic managers thought we're going to build a subway anyway, so why not push to extend it to NAIA? It just makes perfect sense. The extension will mean greater connectivity and improved passenger comfort and convenience," Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was quoted as saying.

Once the NEDA Board, headed by Duterte, approves the project, it will then be implemented by the transportation department. The project will be funded via official development assistance (ODA) from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
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Gov’t lines up priority infrastructure for 2019
August 29, 2018 | 12:32 am

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan, Reporter


THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION has lined up the start of P36.23 billion worth of large-scale flood control, road and railway projects next year, which marks the midterm of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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For road and bridge projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the list consists of the P3.57-billion Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project, P2.34-billion Road Upgrading and Preservation Project and the P1.85-billion first phase of the Central Luzon Link Expressway Project.

Also to be implemented by DPWH are the P2.2-billion first phase of the Metro Manila Flood Management Project and the P1.68-billion Flood Risk Management Project covering areas adjacent to the Cagayan, Tagoloan and Imus Rivers.

Next year also marks the start of five railway projects under the Department of Transportation, namely: the P14.04-billion, 37.9-kilometer Philippine National Railway (PNR) North 1 linking Tutuban in Metro Manila and Malolos, Bulacan; the P2.91-billion 102-kilometer first phase of the Mindanao Railway Project that will run through Digos, Davao and Tagum cities in Mindanao; the P1.52-billion first phase of the Metro Manila Subway Project that will include the first three stations along Mindanao Avenue, Tandang Sora and North Avenue, in Quezon City; and the P1.42-billion PNR South Commuter Solis-Los Baños Project.

The government will also provide a P4.7-billion subsidy for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3.


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Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark A. Villar said in the same forum that the government has “never spent so much in the history of the department with a 40% higher disbursement rate.”


March 16, 2018
Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Philippines: Contributing to a mitigation of traffic congestion in Metro Manila through the construction of the first subway in the Philippines

On March 16, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines in Manila to provide a Japanese ODA loan of up to 104.53 billion yen for the Metro Manila Subway Project (Phase 1) (I).

The project will construct the first subway (13 stations underground, approximately 25 kilometers in length) in the Philippines to connect Quezon City in the northern part of Metro Manila to Parañaque in the southern part, thereby accommodating the increasing transportation needs and alleviating serious traffic congestion in Metro Manila. The loan funds will be allocated to: 1) constructing stations, underground tunnels between stations, depot and other public works, 2) procuring rail systems and rolling stocks, and 3) consulting services (including tender assistance, construction supervision and Transit Oriented Development support [1]).

The Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) [2] is applied to the project, and it is expected that Japanese technologies and goods such as underground tunnel excavation method, tunnel construction technique in narrow space, signaling systems and rolling stocks will be utilized for the project.

Metro Manila is 620 square kilometers in size, about the same as the 23 wards of Tokyo, and the population has rapidly increased from 7.92 million people in 1990 to 12.87 million in 2015, growing by approximately 1.6 times, which leads to high population density and serious traffic congestion. However, the total length of the 3 urban railway lines servicing in Metro Manila is merely 50 kilometers, and the construction of railway system is lagging behind the needs, which results in further traffic congestion. The social and economic loss caused by the traffic congestion is estimated to be approximately 3.5 billion pesos (approximately 7.4 billion yen, at the February 2018 rate), showing how the severe traffic congestion leads to lower the international competitiveness of the Philippines.

In response to these circumstances, JICA supported the formulation of “the Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila and Its Surrounding Areas (Region III & Region IV-A)” (or called “Infrastructure Roadmap”) in 2014. The highest priority of the Infrastructure Roadmap is the development of two large-scale public transportation networks in the north-south direction (north-south backbones) to strengthen the connectivity between Metro Manila and suburbs in the north and south. The Metro Manila Subway will be one of the north-south backbones, together with the North-South Commuter Railway project (NSCR), which is also supported by a Japanese ODA loan.

1: Transit Oriented Development (TOD) refers to the design of a compact area around stations for mixed residential and commercial uses in order to minimize the demand for private transport and to encourage transit ridership in public transport modes whose stops are located at walking distances from each other.
2: STEP refers to special assistance terms for promoting the visibility of Japanese aid through a transfer of outstanding Japanese technology and expertise to developing nations. The main contract is Japan tied and subcontracting is general untied. Although the main contract allows a joint venture with the borrowing country, a Japanese company must be the leading partner in such an arrangement.

2. Executing Agency
Department of Transportation
Address: S. Osmeña, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Phone: +63-2-790-8400

3. Planned Implementation Schedule
(1) Completion of project: September 2025 – when the facilities are put into service
(2) Issuing of letters of invitation for consulting services (including construction supervision): March 2018
(3) Tender announcement of initial procurement package for international competitive bidding on project construction:
Procurement package title: Partial Operation Section Civil Works Package
Release date: March 2018 (Already released)

Mega Manila Subway set for December groundbreaking

Posted at Oct 31 2018 12:34 PM


MANILA - The Mega Manila Subway is set for groundbreaking in December, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said Wednesday.

Construction was also set for 2019, ahead of its initial 2020 timeline, Tugade said in a press briefing. The loan agreement for the project was signed in March.

The first 3 stations will be partially operational by 2022, according to the DOTr.

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