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Subway in Metro Manila? It can be done - MMDA chief
Louis Bacani (The Philippine Star) - July 18, 2013 - 2:09pm

MANILA, Philippines - Is an underground railway project viable for Metro Manila?

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Francis Tolentino said in a television interview on Thursday that there has been a proposal - complete with geological studies - showing that a subway system from The Fort in Taguig City to an area near a shopping mall in North Edsa in Quezon City is feasible.

Tolentino said the project is supported by Secretary Rogelio Singson of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

"It's a proposal being supported by Secretary Singson. Apparently decades ago, there was an unsolicited proposal giving the DPWH a comprehensive study that a subway is workable," said Tolentino.

"Ang sabi ni Secretary Babes (Rogelio Singson), it can be done," Tolentino said. "Ang exact words nga niya (on the project): 'game-changer.'"

The MMDA chief also believes that with today's machines and boring systems, an underground railway project "can be fast-tracked."

"Kayang gawin nang walang nakakaramdan. When New York is building another subway line, walang nakakaramdam, 10 floors below," he said.

In a radio interview earlier this week, urban planning expert Architect Felino Palafox Jr. said it's about time to build a subway system to solve the traffic woes in the metro.

He said all populous cities in the world have a subway system since it is a good solution for people mobility.

Palafox also said a subway project for Metro Manila had been planned as early as the 1970s.

ARCHITECT FELINO PALAFOX JR. CHAIR FRANCIS TOLENTINO METRO MANILA METROPOLITAN MANILA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY NORTH EDSA QUEZON CITY ROGELIO SINGSON SECRETARY BABES TOLENTINO
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