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Do the Philippines need Subway?

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When it comes to rail transportation, the one thing in our minds is the train. Do we have that yes, MRT. LRT and PNR. These trains are mostly used by our fellow commuters. But the problem that we are facing is the overpopulation of the city. Capital cities are crowded with people. Usually, Metro Manila is the capital of the Philippines. As trains are already experiencing failure due to overuse and it is already outdated, commuters are always experiencing slow performance and poor quality of their service.

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Word from the news that President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister will have an agreement and will set to sign on November for the construction of the Mega Manila Subway Project. The project will set to start by 2019 and will be completed by 2024 expectedly. On the first phase of the project, the subway will travel from Quezon City to Taguig City with 13 stations. It will consist of train stops which are: Mindanao Avenue, North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, East Avenue, Anonas, Katipunan, Pasig-Ortigas, Kalayaan, Bonifacio Global City, Cayetano Boulevard, Food Terminal Inc. and Ninoy Aquino International Airport. This project expected passenger capacity is more than 300,000 daily. This project aim to minimize traffic in Metro Manila.

With this ambitious project proposal I think it would be a great benefit for the commuters in this crowded environment. The government is doing their best to upgrade the economy of the Philippines. If they want to go this project, I think they would start first upgrading their flood system. By doing the first step, they need to improve the flood system because it is going to be used for subway transportation. It is a pretty good move for the government to have a project like this. Flooding system has been a big problem in the Metro Manila, since it is one of the populated cities in the Philippines.

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