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Villar lauds continuing infrastructure program

The Philippine Star
Villar lauds continuing infrastructure program
President Marcos leads the groundbreaking for two stations of the Metro Manila Subway Project in Pasig City yesterday, with former public works secretary and now Sen. Mark Villar, Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa and Transport Secretary Jaime Bautista.
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MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Mark Villar, who joined President Marcos at the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the Metro Manila Subway, lauded the continuation of infrastructure development under the administration’s Build Better More program.

“I’m glad to see that President Bongbong Marcos’ Build Better More program will continue the country’s golden age of infrastructure. Continuity is very significant in terms of infrastructure development in the country,” Villar said.

Tokyu-Tobishima Megawide Joint Venture will undertake the P17.75-billion Metro Manila Subway Project Phase 1.

“During my term as DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) secretary, I remember the time when this project was being conceptualized. Many were doubtful but here we are today, realizing the project that has come to fruition. This world-class subway only proves that we can be on par with other developed countries,” he said.

With assistance and funding from the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the subway project is expected to begin operating in 2025, according to the Department of Transportation.

“We envisioned that this subway system is efficient, operational and resilient using Japanese technology,” he said.

“We expect the Metro Manila Subway to take commuters to their destinations faster. Travel hours saved may now be spent with their families,” the senator said in Filipino.

As DPWH chief during the previous administration, Villar was instrumental in the launch of key infrastructure projects, including 29,264 kilometers of roads, 5,950 bridges, 11,340 flood mitigation structures and the improvement of 906 kilometers of access roads to airports, seaports and railway stations.

“Rest assured that we will continuously support projects that will help and improve the transportation sector of the country. We will ensure that a comfortable life for all is attained because this is what every Filipino commuter deserves. Mass transportation should remain to be one of our top priorities,” Villar said.

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