Subway swing on; Honda-dualtech pact  

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WHILE we were “asleep,” the subway system for Metro Manila was launched without much fanfare.  In case you haven’t noticed, it began in 2018.

Its first phase will be between Valenzuela City and Naia (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) in Pasay City.

Once completed, the 27-km underground railway ride will drastically cut travel time from the current one hour and 10 minutes to only about 35 minutes for about 370,000 passengers daily.

In a statement, the Jica (Japan International Cooperation Agency) said the subway project consisting of 15 stations will be undertaken by the DOTr (Department of Transportation), with completion target slated in November 2027.

“The subway will accommodate the increasing transportation needs and alleviate serious traffic congestion in Metro Manila,” Jica said.  “The DOTr has already executed and started work for contracts on consulting services, civil works, trains and electro-mechanical systems.  Remaining civil works contracts are expected to be procured and awarded soon.”

The first loan tranche of more than P46 billion for the subway took effect in 2018.

The second loan tranche of P112 billion was signed in February this year; it will finance construction of stations, underground tunnels between stations, depot and other public works, procurement of rail systems and rolling stocks, as well as consulting for tender assistance, construction supervision and transit-oriented development support.

Said Eigo Azukizawa, Jica’s chief representative in the Philippines:  “This second loan tranche is not only representative of the headway that this flagship project has achieved, but also an evidence of the Philippines and Japan’s solid partnership to expanding railway infrastructure and enhancing the country’s connectivity under its ‘Build, Build, Build’ program.’’

Once completed, the breakthrough subway, with a total budget of around P357 billion, will immensely redound to the benefit of our thousands of Metro Manila commuters.

Let’s pray the next administration won’t spoil the party.

Honda and Dualtech

HONDA and Dualtech teamed up recently to hone the technical skills of select students taking up Electromechanics Technology.

Dualtech is a non-profit technical-vocational school that provides in-school training with actual industry practice. Its partnership with Honda will benefit the students because their training will include the use of Honda’s facilities, and they will be coached by globally trained Honda Service Technical Associates.

The Memorandum of Agreement was signed on April 26 at Honda’s CPI Head Office in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  Present were Honda executives Delfin De Guzman, Vicenta Balarbar and Eddie Anastacio, and Dualtech President Arnolfo Morfe, Leonard Calma and Rommel Orfano.

Said Honda’s Bryan Aaron Rivera:  “In the near future, they will be ready to explore opportunities in car dealerships, and dealers will have access to a pool of qualified technical experts.” Rivera added: “Established in 1982, Dualtech is known for providing skills education and values formation. Notably, its TESDA-registered program also helps the less fortunate with limited resources. Its course of Electromechanics Technology is for two years. Phase one constitutes pure in-school training for six months. Phase two combines in-school training and in-plant training. The program also aims to mold individuals to become men of good morals and character, and exceptional faith.”

Visit www.hondaphil.com for more details.

PEE STOP “The arrival of the All-New Veloz is very timely. With the reopening of the economy, and destinations all over the country already welcoming travelers, it is Toyota’s goal to address the ever growing need of Filipinos to move together with thrill and joy. And so we introduce this new sub-compact SUV perfect for families and friends seeking to discover new adventures,” said Toyota president Atsuhiro Okamoto during the recent vehicle launch. Sunshine Cabrera said, the All-New Veloz comes in two variants and is pegged at P1,185,000 for the 1.5 G CVT and P1,225,000 for the 1.5 V CVT.  Both are four-cylinder and dual VVT-i gasoline engine…We vote on (May 9) mainly for the next president of the Philippines.  Vote wisely, please. Give truth a chance.

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