NAIA to be Connected Directly to the City via Metro Manila Subway Project


The National Economic Development Authority's Investment Coordination Committee (NEDA-ICC) approved the Metro Manila Subway Project with an extension to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) which will have a direct connection to the city.




NAIA considered as the country's main gateway will soon be connected directly to the city via the underground railway (Metro Manila Subway) project.

NEDA-ICC approved the Metro Manila Subway Project with an extension to NAIA, which is also considered as one of the major infrastructure project of the Duterte administration under his Build Build Build program.

The Metro Manila Subway which will start in Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City, was previously going to end in FTI in ParaƱaque City. However, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, along with other economic managers, pushed to have a spur line extending the subway to NAIA to make it easier for airport passengers to get to their destination in Metro Manila.

DOTr Sec. Tugade was quoted as saying "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,” said Tugade.

The DOTr under Sec. Tugade is now finalizing the timetable for the subway, with the goal of earlier completion. The ground breaking ceremony of the major infrastructure project was already scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2018 while target completion is 2025.

Sec. Tugade is also asking partners from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to expedite the project to allow the project to enjoy the benefits of a subway system earlier.

The DOTr Secretary was quoted as saying "We have consistently asked our Japanese partners to expedite the project. They are experts in tunneling technology, and I’m sure they can deliver ahead of schedule. But, of course, we can never compromise the quality and integrity of the project,” he said.

The Metro Manila Subway will feature 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.

Under the administration of Pres. Duterte, the Philippines will be having its first subway system that will cost $7 billion. It will be financed via Official Development Assistance. The loan will have an interest of 0.10% per annum payable in 40 years with a grace period of 12 years.

The signing of the loan agreement is expected in November when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN Summit.

Source: PNA


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