The construction of Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP)–Phase 1, the first subway line in Philippines, will begin next year, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). NEDA Board approved the said project for implementation on September 12.
The project has an initial investment requirement of PHP355.6 billion. It will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the NAIA complex in Parañaque City.
Funding for the project will be provided by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through official development assistance (ODA). Agreement is expected to be signed when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the country in November for the ASEAN Summit.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pushing for its partial operations in 2022, and full operations by 2025.
“Secretary Tugade has been working closely with JICA in order to expedite the completion of the project and allow the public to enjoy the benefits of a subway system earlier,” DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Cesar Chavez.
DOTr said apart from a world-class design, the subway system will have water-stop panels, doors, and high-level entrance for flood prevention, earthquake detection, and a train stop system, just like the subways in Tokyo.