75-km subway to link Laguna, Bulacan


    The 75-kilometer subway that will pass under EDSA and link Laguna and Bulacan is feasible, officials from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

    MMDA Chairperson Francis Tolentino the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expected to finish this June the feasibility study for submission to the DOTC and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

    Travel time from Laguna to Bulacan will only be 45 minutes from the current three hour- average.

    Tolentino said the project is part of the P2-trillion transportation plan for Metro Manila presented to the Philippine government by JICA.

    Public Works Undersecretary Rafael Yabut said the government “wants a subway system.”
    In 2014, JICA released a video presentation of the “Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila and Its Surrounding Areas” (Infra Roadmap for Mega Manila).

    The roadmap study was conducted in response to the request by NEDA in order to formulate a comprehensive transport roadmap toward 2030.

    The roadmap defines “Mega Manila” as Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna, which are the main focus in this study.

    The transport roadmap emphasized the need to establish better north-south connectivity and appropriate hierarchy of different transportation modes such as roads, railways, and other mass transits.

    This forms the Dream Plan to have a modern, affordable and a well-coordinated and integrated transport system for Mega-Manila by 2030.

    The roadmap also aimed to realize five NOs that include “NO traffic congestion,” “NO household living in high hazard risk areas,” “NO barrier for seamless mobility,” “NO excessive transport cost burden for low-income groups,” and “NO air pollution.”

    JICA Philippines Chief Representative Noriaki Niwa pointed out that the roadmap is important to make Metro Manila a globally competitive and environmentally sustainable city.


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    1. Wow.. great project that will create good impact the economy and lives of every filipino. If this happens, the “sleeping dragon” of south east asia will be awaken. Moving forward to see this project implemented soon.

      • With JICA presenting this project to the Philippine Government, it is highly improbable that a comprehensive study will not be conducted; considering further the two countries’ almost similar geographical make up.

      • kaya nga may feasibility study eh, siyempre kasama na un sa study nila, kung may fault line edi iiwasan

    2. I Hope That This Project Will NOT Have a TOLL GATE again like what is trending. How do they expect to decongest Metro Manila if going to and from the Metropolis needs to be paid ALWAYS. EDSA is the only Real Freeway we have. And that is it for now.

    3. This should be one of the headlines of the country. Let us put more attention on progress than gossiping.

    4. Middle Easters counties the like of UAE, Saudi Arabia and now Qatar apart from Europe, the USA and the effective subway systems in Asia the like of Japan, Singapore, South Korea,Hongkong ang the likes are part of their countries effective transport systems that give commuter ease in their everyday lives – the proposed subway system in the Philippines likewise benefited every Filipinos and hoping that these Infra Roadmap for Mega Manila will be realized soon.

    5. A very nice project to link those provinces without experiencing the congested EDSA.., can’t wait to see the details on it. I hope they will consider also ia provision for a train system in future.

    6. I hope it will not end to power point presentation, a common denominator in infrastructure project of Pnoy!

      • A comment like this reminds us of our disgusting Filipino culture – crab mentality. The authorities are trying to present something that will benefit us all. Instead of doubting, ask yourself what you have done to help the economy. And for some reason you really really want to drag the name of the president. Lol

    7. Yah its good news if ever there will like this proposals and plans for the future this it,ist the time to have this projects, this mass transport systems specially the metro manila, subways are important part of the city it will play a big role to the philippine economy as awhole