Valenzuela assures BBM of full support on subway project

Valenzuela assures BBM of full support on subway project

January 14, 2023 @ 2:30 AM 3 weeks ago

MAKING true to his promise to fully support the Metro Manila Subway Project, Valenzuela Mayor Wes Gatchalian said the local government was able to relocate the 183 informal settler families living near the subway project in the city.

Also, they’ve already accomplished 90 percent of the documentation requirements of MMSP, paving the way for the smoother construction of the project in Valenzuela.

During recent launching of the Tunnel Boring Machine at MMSP depot in the city’s Barangay Ugong which was graced by President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., Mayor Gatchalian gave his full commitment and support to the first-ever underground railway system in the Philippines.

“We’re pleased to inform His Excellency President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that among all the cities, which have resettlement concerns with the Department of Transportation, Valenzuela City has accomplished 90 percent of the documentation requirements, as well as successfully relocated the 183 informal settler families living near the project, to our Disiplina Village Bignay,” the former lawmaker-turned-mayor said.

Addressing this relocation concern is a concrete example to show the city government’s commitment to the administration and the result of a smooth and efficient partnership between the national and local governments, the mayor said.

The TBM No. 1 “Kaunlaran” arrived at Manila Port last February 2021.
In June 2022, the TBM cutter head was lowered and after several months of preparation and assembly, the TBM underwent the final site acceptance test in December 2022.

In this regard, the TBM “Kaunlaran” is ready for launch and this will kick-start the tunneling works of one of the boldest and most ambitious projects of the national government.

Valenzuela is home to the depots of the North-South Commuter Railway and MMSP.
These railway projects will help the local residents and the neighboring cities, both in transportation and job opportunities, the city chief executive said.

Dubbed the “Project of the Century”, the MMPS is 33.1 kilometers with 17 stations, running from Valenzuela to Parañaque City, which aims to reduce travel time between Quezon City to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City from the present one hour and 10 minutes to just 35 minutes.