President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. sees “better days ahead” in the country’s public transportation system as he vowed Monday to sustain the implementation of big-ticket infrastructure projects while underscoring their importance to economic development and job generation.
Leading the launching of the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) in Valenzuela City, President Marcos said the event is a testament to the administration’s commitment to continue the projects initiated by the previous administration as he promised to build better and more infrastructure.
“We will continue to invest and improve on our transportation systems as well as pursue more projects in the years to come, so that Filipinos can gain greater access to places of work, commerce, recreation and other vital areas,” President Marcos said during the event.
“Having an effective and efficient transportation system will have multiplier effects on employment, the economy, and our society; it will also bring comfort, convenience, and an easier life for all,” the President added.
The President congratulated and thanked the Department of Transportation (DOTr), its private partners and those who toiled to ensure the realization of the first subway system project in the country.
The chief executive also expressed his gratitude to the government of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for being the Philippines’ active partners in the fulfillment of its infrastructure programs.
According to President Marcos, the tunnel boring machine highlights Japan’s expertise in technology and trailblazing contributions in the modern world, as he expressed confidence that “they will help us shape our railway infrastructure and keep them at par with the highest international standards.”
The President also acknowledged the joint venture of Filipino and Japanese companies for working with the Philippine government on the MMSP’s Contract Package 101.
“I hope that both you and the DOTr will not waver on your commitments to finish the contract package by the end of 2027 to ensure that Filipinos will get to enjoy the project at the soonest possible time,” Marcos said.
And because such big-ticket projects take years to complete, President Marcos asked for the public’s continued patience, trust, and support for the government.
The Metro Manila subway will have 17 stations connecting Valenzuela City to Pasay City and is expected to serve over 519,000 passengers daily once it becomes operational.