Rail system expansion on track — DOTR

November 4, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 263 views

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Jaime Bautista on Thursday said the Metro Manila Subway Project’s (MMSP) construction is in full swing with contracts for stations and tunnels signed.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. witnessed another milestone for the country’s first ever underground mass rail system as Secretary Bautista and the MMSP contractors signed the contracts for the subway’s stations and tunnels during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace.

Secretary Bautista said the landmark signing of the MMSP Contract Packages 102 and 103 has brought to seven the total railway contracts that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have secured, pushing and expanding the country’s railway network.

“We now have the majority of these contracts awarded with construction of several sections in full swing,” Secretary Bautista said.

The ceremony also marked the binding commitment of both agreements that will contribute to the delivery of accessible, affordable, comfortable, and safe travel of one of the boldest and most ambitious projects in this administration, keeping the momentum, and striving to Build Better More, he added.

“With contract funding securely in place, there is no stopping the realization of the country’s Golden Age of Infrastructure under the Build Better More program of our President who promised a more comfortable life for every Filipino,” the transport chief said.

President Marcos said the Metro Manila Subway Project will benefit the Filipino people by reducing travel time and improving individual mobility.

“We owe it to the Filipino people to build critical infrastructures that will not only spur progress and social change but also promote inter-connectivity, ease traffic, and reduce travel time,” President Marcos said, while challenging the DOTr to continue fulfilling his order of full speed ahead for the country’s infrastructure projects.

“I urge the DOTr, under the very capable hands of Secretary Jimmy, to remain steadfast in ensuring the smooth and faithful implementation of this extremely crucial undertaking,” he added.

The Contract Package 102 (CP102), a joint venture of Nishimatsu Construction Company Limited and D. M. Consunji Incorporated, covers the Quezon Avenue and East Avenue Underground Stations and Tunnels. The contract is for the Civil Works – Build Only Contract, composed of main works for the two underground stations and tunnels located within Quezon City with a total route length of 3.162 kilometers and connecting to the Central Business District and other government and private institutions within Quezon City.

On the other hand, Contract Package 103 (CP103), under Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company Limited, is for the Anonas and Camp Aguinaldo Underground Stations and Tunnels.

The contract involves the Civil Works – Build Only Contract, composed of main works for two underground stations and its tunnels situated within Quezon City with a total route length of 6.604 kilometers and connecting Quezon City and Pasig City.