Japan’s Tunnel Boring Machine Starts Manila Subway Excavation
On 9 January 2023, excavation work for the Metro Manila Subway Project has commenced with the launch of the gigantic tunnel boring machine (TBM) made in Japan. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. led the launching ceremony at the East Valenzuela Depot in Valenzuela City. Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista and Deputy Chief of Mission MATSUDA Kenichi of the Embassy of Japan joined President Marcos in commemorating this historic occasion.
The construction of the Metro Manila Subway, dubbed as the “Project of the Century”, is steadily progressing. This 17-station railway is set to halve travel time between Quezon City and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), provide many Filipinos in Metro Manila a comfortable and safe ride, and revitalize the Philippine economy by easing heavy traffic congestion and carbon dioxide emissions in Metro Manila.