The Metro Manila Subway (MWS)—the Philippines’ first underground rail line—is slowly coming together. In fact, work on the project is coming along smoothly that it has reached a completion rate of 30%, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said. 

In a statement on March 8, DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan attributed the rail project’s incredible progress to the successful relocation of more than 180 informal settlers, which was undertaken by the local government of Valenzuela City. 

However, Batan assured that no “forced eviction resettlement” occurred during the relocation process.

The acquisition of 197,000 square meters of land and 585 structures from 324 property owners and the continuous manufacturing of pre-cast concrete tunnel rings at the Bulacan Fabrication yard also played a huge part in the fast-tracking of the project, Batan noted. 

“All in all, leading to an overall project completion rate of 30.55% for the Metro Manila Subway Project as of February 2022,” he said.

Once fully operational, MWS is expected to significantly improve commute in Metro Manila. It will connect the cities of Valenzuela and Pasay and will have a total of 17 stations. 

  1. East Valenzuela 
  2. Quirino Highway
  3. Tandang Sora
  4. North Avenue
  5. Quezon Avenue
  6. East Avenue
  7. Anonas
  8. Camp Aguinaldo
  9. Ortigas
  10. Shaw
  11. Kalayaan
  12. BGC
  13. Lawton Station
  14. Senate
  15. FTI
  16. Bicutan
  17. NAIA Terminal 3

According to DOTr, the 36-kilometer underground railway line will reduce travel time between the two cities to only 35 minutes. 

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