President’s Hall, Malacañan Palace
November 3, 2022

“The signing of these contract packages is a clear demonstration of this administration’s commitment to pursuing big infrastructure projects that will foster growth and revitalize the economy,” underscored President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. when he witnessed the signing of Contract Package 102 (CP102) – Quezon Avenue and East Avenue Stations, and Contract Package 103 (CP103) – Anonas and Camp Aguinaldo Stations, of the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) in a ceremony held at the President’s Hall in Malacañan Palace.

“We owe it to the Filipino people to build major roads and critical infrastructure that will not only spur progress and social change, but also promote interconnectivity, ease traffic, and reduce travel time,” the President added in his keynote speech, as he urged the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to remain steadfast in ensuring the smooth implementation of the said undertaking.

The Metro Manila Subway will be the Philippines’ first underground railway system that will have a total length of 33 kilometers with 17 stations running from Valenzuela City to the FTI-Bicutan in Parañaque City, with a line connecting to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City. Once fully operational, it can accommodate more than half a million passengers daily and significantly reduce travel time between Quezon City to NAIA from one and a half hours to 35 minutes.

“Let me assure you that the government remains dedicated to maximizing its resources to pursue even more ambitious endeavors that will bring comfort and progress to Filipinos all over the country,” President Marcos Jr. stressed.

He also conveyed his sincerest gratitude to the Government of Japan as funding assistance for the MMSP is sourced from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) — an agency that has supported the development of the Philippnes for many decades – expressing his hopes for the Philippines and Japan to further advance cooperation in other areas for the mutual benefits of the two (2) countries’ peoples.

Dubbed as the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the country’s mass transit system, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reports that the MMSP is set to generate more than 18,000 jobs during its construction and boost economic activity in nearby areas apart from creating business opportunities once completed.

“Ang lahat ng ito ay para sa ating mga mamamayan. Sama-sama nating isulong ang mga ganitong klaseng proyekto para sa lahat ng Pilipino,” President Marcos Jr. ended in his speech.