The Department of Transportation (DOTr) broke ground on the construction of two stations of the Metro Manila Subway, a 33-kilometer underground railway system which will connect Valenzuela City to Pasay City.
The groundbreaking for the Ortigas and Shaw Boulevard stations and tunnels, comprising package 104 of the project worth P20.46 billion, was led by President Bongbong Marcos and Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista Monday.
Marcos said the crown jewel of the country’s mass transport system, which cuts across eight local government units, would boost economic activity in major areas and provide opportunities for businesses.
“With the improved linkages of key areas and business districts in the metro as well as the availability of stalls and other stores in the stations, and nearby markets, we can see more business opportunities to entrepreneurs, investors and additional economic activity,” Marcos said.
Bautista vowed to ensure the speedy completion of the project, which is seen to generate over 18,000 jobs during its construction phase.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency will fund the bulk of the project through a P370.8 billion loan package.