PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was joined by Senator Mark A. Villar for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Metro Manila Subway on Monday, October 3, 2022.
The Ortigas and Shaw Boulevard Stations and Tunnels are part of Contract Package 104 (CP104) of the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP).
“I’m glad to see that President Bongbong Marcos’ ‘Build Better More’ program will continue the country’s ‘Golden Age of Infrastructure’. Continuity is very significant in terms of infrastructure development in the country,” Villar said.
One of the major infrastructure projects in the Philippines, the Metro Manila Subway will build an effective rail network in the National Capital Region (NCR). The CP104, with a contract for P17.75 billion to be built by the chosen contractor, Tokyu-Tobishima Megawide Joint Venture, is a part of its first phase (TTM-JV).
The former DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) Secretary recalls when the Metro Manila Subway project was still being conceptualized.
“Many were doubtful but here we are here today, realizing the project that has come to fruition. This world-class subway only proves that we can be on par with other developed countries,” Villar said.
With assistance and funding from the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) aims to partially commence subway operations in 2025.
Villar said that they then envisioned the subway system to be efficient, operational, and resilient using Japanese technology.
“Inaasahan natin na ang Metro Manila Subway ay maghahatid sa ating mga commuters sa mas mabilis na oras sa kanilang destinasyon. Ang dating matagal na oras na inilalaan sa biyahe ay mas mailalalaan na sa pamilya”, Villar added.
Sen. Villar recalled his stint as DPWH Secretary where he paved the way for the accomplishment of 29,264 kilometers of roads, 5,950 bridges, 11,340 flood mitigation structures, and the improvement of 906 kilometers of access roads to airports, seaports, and railway stations.
Villar said he continuously supports projects that will help improve the country’s transportation sector.
“We will ensure that a comfortable life for all is attained because this is what every Filipino commuter deserves. Mass transportation should remain to be one of our top priorities,” Villar ended.