DoTr chief: Metro Manila subway to provide jobs, convenience



The Manila Times

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WHILE the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) is expected to provide comfort and convenience to commuters, the Philippines’ “crown jewel” of mass transit system will also generate employment for Filipinos, Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista said on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. During the groundbreaking ceremony for the MMSP’s Contract Package 104, Bautista said the project would provide over 18,000 jobs for Filipinos during its construction phase. “Construction is estimated to create more than 18,000 jobs,” Bautista added. According to Bautista, the Metro Manila Subway would provide a comfortable, convenient, safe and affordable transportation to commuters once completed. Bautista stressed that the DoTr was committed to complete the project at full speed, as the agency “owes it to the commuting public.” President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the Metro Manila Subway was expected to stir up economic activity in key areas covered by the project and ensure opportunities for businesses. “With the improved linkages of key areas and business districts in the Metro as well as the availability of stalls and other stores in the stations and nearby markets, we can see more business opportunities [for] entrepreneurs, investors and additional economic activity,” said Marcos, who led the groundbreaking ceremony. The President added that the project was expected to increase Filipinos’ efficiency with less travel time expected during their commute with the help of the underground rail line. “We can now engage in more worthwhile and productive endeavors, making time for greater self-improvement,” added Marcos.