Japan to Fund Three Big-Ticket Rail Projects Worth $8.8 Billion Under Pres. Duterte


The Philippine government under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte continue its dream of achieving the infrastructure golden age of the country after the Japanese government has committed to finance three big-ticket rail projects worth $8.8 billion on top of other projects.


According to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia who also heads the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the three priority projects for Japanese financing were the $4.3-Billion Initial Phase of the Mega Metro Manila Subway System; the $2.7-Billion Commuter Line Extending to Los Baños, Laguna, the south line of the North-South railway project, and the $1.9-billion high-speed rail extending to the soon-to-rise Clark Green City of the North-South Commuter Railway connecting Tutuban in Manila and Malolos, Bulacan.

The $4.3 Billion Initial Phase of the Metro Manila Subway System aims to connect FTI in Taguig City to the SM North EDSA and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City.

The three major infrastructure projects by the Japanese government in the Philippines under the administration of Pres. Duterte is scheduled to be finished before the President steps down in 2022.


Before the announcement by NEDA that Japan will fund the three big-ticket rail projects in the Philippines, a Cabinet-level delegation with with Japanese officials in Tokyo on March 27 to discuss the list of infrastructure projects to be implemented in cooperation with Japan.

The three projects which include the high speed train connecting Subic to Zambales and Clark Pampanga, the commuter rail connecting Tutuban in Manila and Las Baños in Laguna, and the Metro Manila Subway System will be implemented by Philippine government in coordination with JICA.

NEDA also revealed that the Subic-Clark Speed train will be the first Bullet Train in the Philippines it could reach speeds of around 200 kilometers per hour (km/h). The high speed train is not so far when compared to Japan's iconic bullet trains or shinkansen that can run up to speeds of more than 300 kph.

Aside from the three major infrastructure projects of Pres. Duterte funded by the Japanese government, Sec. Pernia also said that the 11 other projects included a number of irrigation and flood control projects outside Metro Manila. 

NEDA Undersecretary Rolando G. Tungpalan said the scope of the 14 projects, including the three "mega" projects, will be determined by feasibility studies. "Bottom line is we have a very good support from the Japanese ... Estimated costs – they are now being defined in the feasibility studies," he said.

Source: GMA News / Inquirer / NEDA

Japan to Fund Three Big-Ticket Rail Projects Worth $8.8 Billion Under Pres. Duterte Japan to Fund Three Big-Ticket Rail Projects Worth $8.8 Billion Under Pres. Duterte Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 3/31/2017 Rating: 5

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