Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay on Wednesday said she is looking forward for the completion of the Makati Intra-City Subway project, which has been set for completion by 2025.
“It [the subway line] will operate 18 hours a day, ferrying some 700,000 passengers daily,” Binay, fresh from her poll win in the May 9 elections, told the BusinessMirror.
Once operational, she added, the subway project would help decrease around 270,000 vehicles on the road by 2048, “mitigating Makati’s carbon dioxide emissions by 2.3 million tons.”
The Makati Subway project, the first of its kind in the country, will be built at no cost to the city through a Public-Private Partnership agreement. From its construction phase to its full operation, the subway is projected to create 10,000 jobs for city residents.
“It will also ease traffic congestion and pollution, improve mobility and increase productivity for all stakeholders,” the mayor said.
On Tuesday, Binay also vowed to encourage entrepreneurship and support start-up companies and new businesses in the financial technology (fintech) industry.
This will be made possible, she said, through a certification program at the University of Makati called RISE or Resiliency Innovation Sustainability and Entrepreneurship.
Binay also said that she would improve the key priorities of the city government like the delivery of primary health-care services, support start-up companies and to be more visible in furthering programs that focus on climate action.
She said that health-care services, particularly the health centers and lying in clinics, will focus on preventive medicine and education “rather than just treating illnesses.”
The city, she noted, would also be more visible in furthering programs that focus on climate action.
“Since we are currently holding leadership roles in international organizations, we will present and implement more programs concerning the environment, sustainable growth, and resilience,” she said. -30-