Construction on Manila Subway to Start in 2018. Finally.

Automologist Harold has been writing for years about the horrendous traffic problem in Manila and a long-term solution that he has always...


Automologist Harold has been writing for years about the horrendous traffic problem in Manila and a long-term solution that he has always advocated is a proper mass transit system. He is excited that finally a US$7 billion Mega Manila Subway is now to be constructed.

What so many of the Philippines' past presidents did not have the guts nor means to implement, the present controversial, strong-handed “dirty Harry” President Rodrigo Duterte did. The long awaited Manila subway, first conceived in 1973, is now approved for construction. Duterte had to wrestle the usually timid National Economic Development Authority to have it approve and had to court Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to give a USD7 billion ultra soft loan (0.1% interest per year)  payable in 40 years with a 12-year grace period. This loan agreement was reportedly signed during the recently concluded ASEAN Summit in Manila.

When finished, it would be the first underground train system in the Philippines, with a predicted daily ridership of 370,000 in the first year and over 1,000,000 a day when integrated with the present MRT and LRT lines. It would also become the fifth underground rail system in Southeast Asia, after the currently operating Bangkok Metro and Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit, and the under construction Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit completing in 2017/2018, and Ho Chi Minh City Metro operating from 2020. (Source: Wikipedia) 


The first phase of the project will have thirteen stations, from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque.  Some of the stations—such as that in North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Anonas, and Katipunan—will intersect with the existing rapid transit lines of the Manila Light Rail Transit System. Construction of this 57.7 kilometer subway is expected to start mid-2018 and initially targeted to be completed in 2025, although Transportation Secretary Tugade is working with the Japanese contractors to expedite the project, so that it becomes operational when President Duterte ends his term in 2022.


It seems a perfect coincidence that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which funded a study that recommended the fine prints of this PHP370 Billion (US$7 Billion) subway, was the same JICA which estimated, in another study, that the total fuel, labor and business losses in Metro Manila due to traffic jams is about PHP370 Billion a year.

It is madly unthinkable how previous administrations and presidents have sat on such a strategic project! They have allowed the Philippines to incur productivity loses of PHP370 Billion a year for the last 44 years (smaller in earlier years) instead of “extra-judicially” looking for PHP370 billion to construct the solution to this 44-year-old mess!  


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  1. The Philippines is the richest nation on this planet. Read the video description of this video and you will know the SECRETS that was hidden for a very long period of time by the Tallano or King Philip II Royal Family.

    https://youtu.be/ogdJ9QgPz84

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  2. Dapat po sana pag aralang mabuti ang subway system na gagawin ng gobyerno, at napakalaking project. Ang subway po ay nasa ilalim ng lupa at bubutasin. Currently the air conditioned sytem on elevated track like MRT and LRT had malfunctioned. The subway system was purely developed in other ASEAN countries including European countries because of winter, malamig po sa ibang bansa kaya ok ang subway system. I doubt sa init po ng ilalim baka hindi tumagal ang airconditioned system ng ating proyekto. The project will become white elephant, even now our MRT and LRT system has no physical king size maitenance and always perpetual repair. Sayang ang pera ng mga ating bayan sa mga corrupt officials. Pag nawala po ang mga corrupt, maaaring umasenso ang ating bayan. We need our scientists and engineers to vet this particular project. Hindi maganda ang klima ng ating bansa. pag aralan po natin itong project. baka mas lalo po itong malala sa LRT/MRT projects.

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    1. Bakit sa Singapore, mainit din doon ah, ok naman ang subway, sa Malaysia din.

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    2. You had a very negative comments, you have a very late information. Singapore,Malaysia and Indonesia has the same climate with us.

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    3. From the very start ... and many years back, I had been a consistent advocate of making an underground subway which I had proposed to totally resolve in long term our lingering heavy traffic problem within the Metro. I also had envisioned that the project should include two layers or ducts each with 2-3 rails equipted for fast trains much like the TGB's of France but slower than the Bullet trains of Japan. Having been to some sountries with efficient managed underground railway systems (like Feance, UK, Japan, Singapore and lately Taiwan) ... I can surely say that this must be the surest solution second to none. But my mindset is entirely different when it comes to setting Central Stations (or terminals). My idea was to create a straight major backbone for fast operation. My proposal is to have major stations on Balintawak (or Monumento), on Cubao (say Farmer's Market or Gateway), Ortigas Business Center (say Robinson or ShangriLa), Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Ayala Central District and MOA. It is from these Central Terminals that other terminals can branch out ... like to NAIA from the BGC, to Pasay from MOA, to Legarda/Quiapo from Ortigas, etc. From those countries having such underground railways ... floding had never been a problem. Taiwan was once plunged into a deep street flood, but its 3-tier underground train station had been down for few days and was put back to normal operation without much delay.

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    4. In Malaysia, I've been there and it is hotter than Philippines but they have subway :)

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    5. di pa man nag sisimula .. inaayawan na ninyo... bakit di nyo munang subukan bago kau mag comments ng negative.

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    6. Your fears are unfounded. Temperature below ground is lower than above ground in tropical countries like the Philippines. As an example, Hongkong has a climate approximating that of the Philippines and it is cooler down there in their subways. If you do not believe search the internet or ask Mining engineers if you happen to know one. Usually, subways do not go below 1000 meters below the ground and yet it is safe to say at 1000 meters (3280 ft) the temperature is 30 degrees centigrade but goes hotter as it goes beyond 1 Km.

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    7. I worked in Bangkok and had used their subway daily. Bangkok if even slightly warmer than Manila. What are you talking about?

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    8. do you know there is air condition , haha , i can not believe people so stupid

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  3. Hayaan natin ang japan din ang mag maintain nito,hanggang ganap ng qualified ang ating mga Filipino Engineers na matuto nang sa gayon ay sila na ang papalit.

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  4. too many stations in QC. perhaps they could consolidate some stations like Anonas and Katipunan. there are already a pair of stations in LRT line 2.

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    1. maybe the strategy is to have a connecting station for those transferring to LRT Line2 going to Rizal or vice versa.

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  5. in my opinion, over population of Metro Manila has to be considered seriously, infrastucture cannot cope with it. enough of highrise residentials in Metro Manila.. no more please, stop it.. Don't wait for the time where in Metro Manila will be clogged with people..

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  6. ay nako , ask daw kung bakit previous president, bobo ka pala utang po yan,
    boung pilipinas ang papasan,,, metro manila lang nakinabang tapos ako taga mindanao kasama sa magbayad... nag bayad na nga kami sa LTR,at MRT tapos subway pati pa kami.... gusto yan ni baliw digong dahil may pera galing china....

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    2. Comment ng comment di alam kong saan mo kinukuha informasyon mo arnel... Bulag ka ba at di nagbabasa ng article kita mo yung loan at gagawa japan bat sinasabi mo china.... tsaka lahat infastructure project dito sa pilipinas inuutang yang galing sa world bank,imf at kung ano ano pa... Kaso kinukurakot kasi directa sa dpwh.. Ngayon japanese ang contractors kaya quality yung paggawa ng underground subway nasa standard na ang paggawa di team pacquaio na after one year sira na....

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  7. The subway is a welcome project, it also places the Philippines in-step with it's progressive Asian neighbors aside from the benefits it does in solving traffic and economy. The concern of anonymous writer above that the temperature below ground is hotter than above ground is unfounded. In fact it is lower like 20 degree centigrade at some 2 meters below ground but increasing up to 30 degree at about 1000 meters below ground. These figures are close approximations.

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  8. sa mga bobo at matalino, kahit anong gawin natin , traffic parin yan, ang kailangan natin bawasan ng mga lumang sasakyan, buses etc.. yan lng pwede gawin ...mga utak bata..

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  9. what is the cause of traffic all over the country, and poverty, it's because of over population. Ang liit na bansa, jan sa nagsisiksikan sa NCR. wow, 7B USD. yang china gusto nla mgtulong pra mawala sa isip ng pilipinas ang scarborough shoal.

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  10. naku ok sana yan kaso pano pag yung susunod na administrasyon dilawan? e di scrapped na naman ang project?! hahahaha wala nang pag asa pinas pag most of the voters come from the bayaran class and the stupid class....haysss leni pa more.

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  11. ay naku no hope if leni becomes pres. no guts no glory.

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  12. its a losing proposition, very expensive will take a lifetime to pay it off. bad decision. after building the damn thing a group close to du30 will operate it ans skim money off of it till theres nothing left but debts which we the filipinos will pay.

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  13. no.1 disiplina kailangn ska pagmamahal s ating bansa at lahat ng yan maayos kpag inuna ang batas ng disiplina! pulis unahin turuan ng mga trabaho nila hindi ung puro's droga n lng napabayaan n ang maramin illegal, vendor, illegal terminal ng mga jeep, wlang tamang bus station at jeep stop mski saan, mendiola nga tinitrahan n ng mga ngrarally 1 taon sarado na! kya ang trapik ms lalong lumala! yan ang unahin sna pra lumuwag mski san n manila, mayor dn mag isip hindi mag is!...mungkahi lng po ito ska mgkaroon ng phase out ng mga sasakyan hindi s jip kundi s truck, bus, private bsta 40yrs. umaandar or not scrap n kc dagdag tlaga ng trapik bulok ,delikado, etc,,,sensya n s matamaan mungkahi lng po kc lagi q nakikita s lbas, quiapo, cubao, divisoriam baclaran, pasay halos ata lhat ng sulok ng m. mla. huli balik lng pati mga ngtatapon ng basura at ngkakalat napakarami, jaywalking laki sulat balewla mski makita ng pulis, mmda dedma lng ewan ko ba! sakit s ulo pikit n lng lagi kc wla nman aq magawa minsan ginawa ko pigilin muntik p aq awayin at buntalin!

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  14. sana Japan ang manage and maintain ng subway, ang gagawin lang ng pinas e magbayad ng utang para iwas corruption. if china , nakakapit na sa patalim ang pinoy

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