Department of Finance in the Philippines has announced that construction work finally begins on the Phase 1 Metro Manila Subway public-private partnership (PPP) project after right-of-way delays.
Construction will begin with deploying a tunnel boring machine, leading to the excavation of the line's metro stations. The 33 km long subway line connects North and South of Metropolitan Manila, Philippines, has 17 stations and runs through Mindanao Avenue in Valenzuela City through the FTI in Taguig City, ending at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque City. Each station will be able to accommodate more than 2,000 passengers, and once completed, the subway will be able to handle more than 500,000 passengers daily. The aim of the project is to reduce congestion on the roads.
It is planned to excavate about 1,200,000 cubic m of soil at the site of partial operational readiness with tunnel boring machines. Preparatory work is underway at Quirino Highway and Tandang Sora stations.