Metro Manila Subway Gets Duterte Approval
Ringo | On 13, Sep 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte thumbed up the Metro Manila Subway, his economic managers said on Monday.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the construction of the P355.6-billion subway will begin early next year. He said this is one of the P8-trillion infrastructure programs of the administration.
The subway, which will be partly funded with aid from Japan, will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to Food Terminal Inc. in Taguig. It may also be extended to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the government would that the subway will be partially open in 2022 before Duterte steps down as president. He said during those times at least 10 stations are already opened.
Pernia said this subway will drastically improve the transportation of the Philippines and will contribute to easing the heavy traffic. He also took note that an estimated P2.4 billion is lost every day due to traffic jams.