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Japan to finance $4.6bn Metro Manila subway

Abe and Duterte likely to ink deal at November ASEAN meetings


MIKHAIL FLORES, Nikkei staff writer
March 30, 2017 9:45 pm JST


MANILA -- Japan expects to sign a financing agreement to build Metro Manila's first underground mass transit line to help decongest the gridlocked Philippine capital.

The Philippines-Japan Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation met in Tokyo earlier this week and agreed to "work closely" together on possible projects.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia revealed separately that the bilateral discussions covered 14 projects, including the central section of the Metro Manila subway project. The 25.3km line will run from Quezon City in northern Metro Manila to Taguig City in the east. The project's estimated cost is 230 billion pesos ($4.6 billion), and this will come in the form of official development assistance from Japan.

Feasibility studies should be completed in September in time for the agreement to be signed when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Rodrigo Duterte meet in November at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings in Pampanga, central Luzon.

Other projects in prospect include a commuter line from Metro Manila to southern Luzon, and a high-speed train from the capital to Clark International Airport and Clark Green City in Pampanga. The projects will cost an estimated $2.7 billion and $1.9 billion respectively.

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The projects will be funded from a 1 trillion yen ($9 billion) financial package Abe first announced during his visit to the Philippines in January.

Duterte has promised to increase infrastructure spending during his term, and to decongest the capital and distribute economic growth more equitably in rural areas. This year, he has earmarked 860.7 billion pesos ($17 billion) for spending, which is around 5.4% of gross domestic product.

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On Mar. 7, the Philippines and China agreed to resume official economic dialogue after a five-year hiatus caused by their territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Duterte has made a sustained effort to salve bilateral relations with China since he entered office in June 2016.

China has already agreed to finance three infrastructure projects: a $3.1 billion railway connecting Manila and southern Luzon; a $374 million dam on Luzon; and a $53.6 million irrigation project on the southern island of Mindanao.
 

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What's up the discrepancy in the reports regarding estimated costs of the Mega Manila Subway? Nikkei Asian Review indicates $4.6-billion, while Business Mirror and BusinessWorld indicates $4.25-billion. Nikkei Asia, however, indicates that the length of the subway would be 25.3km (from Quezon City to Taguig). More specifically, "from FTI to North Edsa, snaking through Ortigas and Katipunan."

If 25.3 km is correct, then for $4.6-billion, the cost per km would be around $181-million; while for $4.25-billion, the cost per km would be around $168-million per km. Either way, the estimated cost per km is almost on par with the average cost per km of subway in Beijing (1 billion yuan or $161-million).

Let's just hope this gets build at all. I don't really care if it takes 5 years just as long as the line actually gets built (on time and within budget).

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http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Japan-to-finance-4.6bn-Metro-Manila-subway
http://www.bworldonline.com/content...ilippines-pitches-for-yen-financing&id=143058
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/japan-to-finance-14-mega-infrastructure-projects/
http://www.ecns.cn/cns-wire/2015/06-30/171298.shtml
 

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China vs Japan

If you guys noticed, the administration is seeking the assistance of China for projects in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. They're using Japan's ODA offers for projects in Metro Manila and Luzon naman.

I think the administration really made it this way because many Filipino's do not have a positive attitude towards China, unlike Japan. So Japan-funded infra investments for the Metro Manilenos.

Anyway, these are just based on my observations from the news and articles.
 

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I prefer the option 2 route passing through west ave, e rodriguez, gilmore then ortigas.



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Overall, these are nice presentations. In addition, I would like to have provision for express rail lane. People from Novaliches to San Jose and Laguna or Cavite want to reach the CBDs faster without the required stops before the CBDs.
 

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I would think that a flood control system should also be constructed to complement this. Very important to ensure continuous operation during the rainy season.

Perhaps similar to the Metropolitan Tokyo tunnels.

 

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First phase of mega subway plan seen to require P214B in investment

The government expects the initial phase of the proposed Mega Manila Subway project—a part of the country’s infrastructure pipeline to address demand for mass transportation—to require an investment of least P214 billion.

In a presentation at the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (Aprea) forum on Friday, Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Maria Catalina Cabral said the subway project would run a 23-kilometer stretch and have about 13 stations. This is among the many flagship projects planned by the Duterte administration under its “build, build, build” strategy and aspiration to bring the country to a golden age of infrastructure.
 

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l like option 2 too. but the way I see it. option 3 will benefit more passengers.

question: will this pass through north ave- edsa? so this will be the new line in exchange of the old Line4? will this benefit the so called common station in north edsa since it will be underground?

any graphics for the other subway connecting the cbds?

it seems they will close down edsa if they will go for the option 1. stations seems to be excavated rather than bored.
 
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