Philippines’ Department of Transport (DOTr) started the full construction of Manila metro system, with clearing works in the Partial Operability (PO) Section of the project. Groundbreaking ceremony was held in February 2019.
The PO section comprises the first stations in Valenzuela City and Quezon City, the line’s depot in Valenzuela City, and buildings for the Philippine Railway Institute (PRI), the country’s first railway training center. The depot site is also where the metro line’s East Valenzuela station will be located.
The authorities are progressing with the land acquisition from legal owners and relocation of informal settler families. A total of 460 lots are required for the partial operability section of the metro, out of which 364 offers to buy have already been issued based on current market value appraised by Landbank. Owners of 285 lots out of the 364 lots that the government had already offered to buy, have accepted or are already completing documentation requirements for selling their properties to the government for the project.
36 km of metro network served by 15 stations will form Philippines’s first metro system, crossing seven local governments, three of Metro Manila’s business districts, and connecting Quezon City all the way to NAIA Terminal 3 from 1 hour and 10 minutes to just around 36 minutes.
Guided by Japan’s expertise in railways, the Metro Manila Subway project will feature technological advancements and disaster-resilient strategies aimed to boost the Subway’s structural integrity amid regular occurrence of typhoons and earthquakes.
Commercial operation is expected to start in 2021.