November 9, 2018
The Philippines' Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT 3) is receiving much needed boost with a 38 billion yen Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Secretary Carlos Dominguez of the Department of Finance (DOF) and JICA Senior Vice President Yasushi Tanaka signed the development cooperation project this week in a move to raise the safety standards and increase the capacity of the existing MRT 3 line. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will implement the project.
"This is good news for the Filipino commuters so they will have improved access to safe and reliable transportation, while also meeting the Philippine government's priorities to reduce traffic congestion in Metro Manila, attract investments, and improve the quality of life of the people," said Tanaka.
About 350,000 commuters take the MRT everyday, according to DOTr. The MRT is also the primary mass transport system that traverses EDSA.
The project, that will begin on 2018 until 2022, includes rehabilitation and maintenance of the train's electromechanical system, power supply, rail tracks, depot equipment, and overhaul of the rolling stocks.
The assistance, according to JICA, is part of the bilateral aid agency's ongoing efforts to promote seamless mobility in the country while also distributing growth to other areas outside Metro Manila. Aside from the MRT 3 rehabilitation, JICA is also supporting other key railway projects, namely the Metro Manila Subway Project, Capacity Enhancement of LRT Line 1 and 2, and the North-South Commuter Railway Project from Tutuban, Metro Manila to Malolos, Bulacan among others.