Duterte Admin Set to Break Ground on MRT-LRT Common Station on September 29


The Philippine government under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte together with the private sectors are set to break gound on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-Light Rail Transit (LRT) Common Station Project in Quezon City this coming September 29, 2017.


Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade told reporters that September 29 is the date of MRT-LRT Ground Breaking ceremony, during the sidelines of the signing of an agreement for integrating payment systems on Luzon tollways.

The DOTr Secretary stated that there are no more hurdles before construction can start of the common station which was delayed during the Aquino administration.

In an interview with the media, Secretary Tugade was quoted as saying “We have unified the stakeholders… If a groundbreaking is scheduled, it means the project has been studied, it will go through,” Mr. Tugade said.

The common station project has been delayed by legal disputes during the past few yers. The project aims to link three major commuter rail networks traversing Metro Manila and nearby areas — the LRT-1, MRT-3, and the MRT-7, which is currently undergoing construction and is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2019.

Last January 2017, the Duterte administration and private companies involved in the MRT-LRT Common Station Project signed a memorandum of agreement after years of deadlock during the Aquino administration due to the controversial issues of the exact location of the common station.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Tugade; Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar; Metro Pacific Investments Corp. Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan; SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Director Hans T. Sy; Ayala Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jaime Zobel de Ayala; and San Miguel Corp. President and CEO Ramon S. Ang.

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Under the agreement, the common station will be built at a compromise site near the original 2009 site in front of SM Annex (North EDSA) and the 2014 location near Ayala-owned TriNoMa Mall. The issue of the common station was not solved for the past six years of the Aquino administration until Pres. Rody Duterte took over, and with the help of his brilliant advisers, the problem was solved and the project will be a reality in the next few years under the Duterte admin.

Source: BusinessWorld / PIA


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