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Construction of Metro Manila Subway Quezon Avenue, East Avenue stations begins

The Minister for Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Japan, Mr. NIHEI Daisuke attended the groundbreaking ceremony today, April 28, 2022, for Contract Package 102 of the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP). This project is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Present in the ceremony were Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista and other key local government officials.

In his speech delivered during the ceremony, Minister Nihei reiterated the commitment Japan took at the summit meeting during President Marcos, Jr.’s official visit to Tokyo. He said, “Japan will continue to be the Philippines’ reliable partner in the development of quality infrastructure, in line with the Build, Better, More Program.” The minister also assured that Japan would work full speed ahead to ensure the timely completion of the first-ever Philippine subway under the Marcos, Jr. administration.

Dubbed as the ‘Project of the Century’, The MMSP will reduce travel time between Quezon City and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from one hour and 10 minutes to just 35 minutes. It will also significantly reduce the heavy traffic in Metro Manila, thereby reducing carbon emissions in the country as well. Through a variety of ODA support, Japan’s assistance will provide funds to the Philippine government for the construction of this quality infrastructure, employing Japan’s extensive knowledge and railroad expertise.

Signed on November 3rd between DOTr and Nishimatsu-DMCI Joint Venture (Nishimatsu Construction Co., Ltd. and D.M. Consunji, Inc.), Contract Package 102 of the Metro Manila Subway Project will construct two underground stations in Quezon City—Quezon Avenue and East Avenue stations—as well as its connecting tunnel.

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