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Monday, December 4, 2023

DMCI, Japanese partner bag two subway station contracts

D.M. Consunji Inc. (DMCI) and joint venture partner Nishimatsu Construction Co. Ltd.(NCC) of Japan obtained a notice of award from the Department of Transportation to build the Quezon Avenue and East Avenue underground stations and tunnels for the Metro Manila Subway Project

“We are very excited to be part of this historic project. Once completed, the subway will help address urban mobility issues in our nation’ capital,” said DMCI president and chief executive Jorge Consunji.

To be funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the P21.21-billion Contract Package 102 of MMSP includes design (to the extent required), supply, installation, construction, testing, commissioning and training.

The project will take around 67 months to complete.

“The contract is still subject to concurrence by JICA and compliance with the documentary requirements as provided under the April 2012 guidelines for procurement under Japanese official development assistance loans,” DMCI said.

Nishimatsu Construction Co. Ltd. is the leading tunnel contractor in Japan, having worked on more than 1,000 tunnels. Its portfolio includes Singapore’s National Library Board Building, London’s Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Hong Kong’s Lap Kok Airport.

DMCI as of June 30, 2022 had an order book of P43.7 billion, mostly from other joint venture projects and building contracts.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista on Monday led the ground breaking for the Contract Package 104 of the MMSP-Ortigas and Shaw Boulevard Stations and Tunnels amounting to P20.46 billion.

The MMSP’s Contract Package 104 (CP104) is part of the seven civil work contracts of the project, and covers the construction of the Ortigas and Shaw Blvd. stations and tunnels with a total route length of 3.397 kilometers.

With a total of 33-kilometer route length and 17 stations, the Metro Manila Subway will cut across eight local government units that will stretch from Valenzuela City to FTI-Bicutan in Parañaque City with a spur line to NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

Funded by the Japanese government, the Metro Manila Subway will be the first underground mass transit system in the Philippines–a modern railway system that will be at par with the rest of the world.

The rail line aims to cut travel time between Quezon City and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from the present one hour and 10 minutes to just 35 minutes. Once operational, the underground railway system can serve up to 519,000 passengers daily.

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