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Metro Manila Subway Groundbreaking Set On February 27

Manila, Philippines - Groundbreaking for the multibillion-peso Metro Manila Subway project will push on February 27, 2019, officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) led by Secretary Arthur Tugade inspected the Tunnel Boring machines (TBM) in Japan.

         Photo credit from: DOTr Facebook Page

JIM Technology Corporation is considered as Japan's no. 1 manufacturer of tunnel boring machines.

The Metro Manila Subway is the Philippines first-ever underground railway system. "Before, people cast doubts and said it is all but a dream. But, on February 27, we will show them that this is real," DOTr Secretary Tugade said.

The group also headed to Hitachi Zosen's Sakai Works (HZSW) factory to inspect the tunnel boring machines. 

The company has already manufactured 1,300 tunneling machines, and has a track record of 130 tunnels overseas.

The Metro manila subway is a 35-kilometer line that will run from Mindanao avenue in Quezon City to NAIA in Pasay City.

The subway is partially expected to operate by 2022, which entails the opening of a training center, depot, and three stations namely, Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora, and North Avenue.

The project has the total cost of Php356.96 billion under the government Build Build Build program. 

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Philippine government had already signed a P51.34 billion loan agreement for the construction of the first phase.

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