The country’s first-ever subway line, the Metro Manila Subway, is coming closer to fruition with the project already 26% complete and partial operations scheduled for the first quarter of 2022, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr). 

According to DOTr Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan, the partial operability section of the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) is already 37% finished. The department assured that the underground rail line will be fully functioning by the year 2027. 

“The overall progress rate of the entire Metro Manila Subway Project is already 26%. Meanwhile, the Partial Operability Section, which includes the Philippine Railway Institute, East Valenzuela Station, and the MMSP’s Depot, is now 37%. Operations of the partial operability segment is targeted in the first quarter of 2022,” Batan said in a report from Inquirer

Batan also noted that the project is being fast-tracked by the government and has even broken records. 

“The speed at which the MMSP is being built is also record-breaking, considering that the project’s loan agreement was only signed with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2018,” he shared. 

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said they’ll be closely monitoring the construction of the project, which is one of the biggest infrastructure plans from the government’s Build! Build! Build! Initiative. 

“Previously, the progress or completion rate for design and procurement works, and right-of-way acquisition, were not numerically monitored. But I said, if you cannot measure it, it does not exist,” he explained.

“And that is why since 2019, the DOTr has been numerically monitoring and measuring progress in the implementation of its railway projects, not just for construction progress, but also for the progress of design, procurement, and right-of-way acquisition works,” Tugade added.

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