The Department of Transportation said it will work with the approved route of the Metro Manila Subway Project despite the issues raised by Sen. Grace Poe.
DOTR Secretary Arthur Tugade said the alignment of the multi-billion-peso project could no longer be changed as it was already approved by the National Economic and Development Authority Board.
“We cannot change the alignment because it was already approved per study,” Tugade said.
The NEDA Board approved in 2017 the Metro Manila Subway Phase 1 which will run from Mindanao Ave. in Quezon City and terminate at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque City.
Tugade’s statement came after Poe, the chairperson of the Senate committee on public services, questioned the alignment of the subway, saying there was no traffic master plan from the DOTR.
Tugade said the P355.6-billion Metro Manila Subway Project, one of the big-ticket infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration, already broke ground in February 2019.
The project is expected to start partial operations by 2022 with three stations at North Ave., Mindanao Ave. and Tandang Sora in Quezon City. Full operations are expected by 2025.
The first phase of the project is a 25-kilometer underground railway, costing P355.6 billion with a total of 14 stations from Mindanao Ave. to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The project also involves the construction of a 28-hectare training center and depot and other related facilities.
The government signed a loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency amounting to P51.3 billion in March 2018.
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