Manila's first Underground Railway

Manila’s first Underground Railway Mass Transit System

Manila may get a tube (subway to anyone that is not British) it will be Manila’s first Underground Railway.

Japan is hoping to fund and build Metro Manila’s first underground railway to help relieve the congested streets of the Philippines capital Manila.

A Philippines Japanese Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation met in Japan this week and agreed to work together on an underground mass transit system for Manila.

Ernesto Pernia the Socioeconomic Planning Secretary revealed that the discussions covered 14 projects, which included the central section of the Metro Manila subway project.

They are planning a line which will run from Taguig City in the east of Manila to Quezon City a distance of 15.7 miles (25.3km). The estimated cost of the line is 230 billion pesos (£3.97 billion) and will be paid for by the official development assistance from Japan.

A study into the feasibility should be completed in September.

It is hoped the agreement will be signed when Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Rodrigo Duterte meet in November.

Other projects in the pipeline are a high-speed train from Manila to Clark International Airport and a commuter line from Southern Luzon to Manila.

During a visit in January Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a 1 trillion yen (7 Billion) financial package to improve the transport system in the Philippines.

The Philippines is also in talks with China who are also keen to invest in the Philippines. 

China, Japan, and Korea are all interested in financing the project a 2,000km Mindanao Railway project that will connect cities in Mindanao such as Davao, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and General Santos.

If you are planning to use it “Mind the Gap” is “Bale ang puwang” in Tagalog. 


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