Partial ops eyed in 2025: Digging for Metro Manila subway starts

Tunneling works for the Philippines’ first-ever subway line is set to begin soon with the arrival of a high-tech equipment from Japan.
President Rodrigo Duterte graced on Independence Day the lowering of the tunnel boring machine into the ground in Valenzuela.
“Ang ibig sabihin ‘yung paghukay para sa Metro Manila Subway through tunnel boring machine ay mag-uumpisa na,” Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
The machines can dig up to 12 meters of tunnels per day, equivalent to 600 cubic meters of soil.
The subway will have 17 stations in between the 33-kilometer stretch from Valenzuela City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. Trip time is pegged at 35 minutes.
Partial operability of the Metro Manila subway is expected to start in 2025, with full operation targeted in 2027, Tugade said.

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