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Uusad na construction: Metro Manila subway gets P35-B budget for 2021- Luis Campos

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The Metro Manila Subway Project is getting another P34.6 billion in new funding in 2021 as the national government ramps up infrastructure spending for public railways, Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr., House appropriations committee vice chairperson, said on Sunday, August 30.

The P34.6 billion is on top of the combined P11.3 earmarked this year and in 2019 for Phase 1 of the country’s first underground commuter train system that will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

In the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021, Campos said the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has a total capital outlay of P96.2 billion to advance Luzon’s upcoming railways, including the allocation for the 36-kilometer Metro Manila Subway.

“We expect up to 75 percent of Filipinos to live and work in congested cities in the years ahead, and the only way we can efficiently move people around will be through high-capacity trains either below the ground or in elevated structures,” Campos said.

Earlier this year, the Makati city government also gave Philippine Infradev Holdings Inc. the official notice to proceed with the planned 11-kilometer Makati Intra-city Subway, a public-private partnership project.

Makati’s own underground rapid transit network will be interconnected to the MRT 3 and the Metro Manila Subway.