The Manila Light Rail Transit Line-1 (LRT-1) Private-public Partnership project, won by Light Rail Manila Corporation of Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp., continues to make progress in extending the train system 11.7 kilometers to Niog, Bacoor, Cavite.
The entire extension is estimated at P64.9 billion, with P19.6 billion from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The assistance from JICA paves way for new train sets to arrive in the Philippines.
On November 20, Susumu Ito, chief representative of JICA Philippines office, announced that Mitsubishi Corp. shall provide 120 cars (or 30 train sets) in completion of the LRT-1 from 2020 to 2022.
“Through the project, Jica aims to support the Philippines in accommodating growing demand for quality mass transport and job opportunities,” Ito said.
This financial aid is separate from JICA’s pledge of P360-billion for the development of subway in Metro Manila and train system connecting the city to provinces in the north area.
“The LRT Line-1 new rolling stocks will use Japanese technology and products while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Once completed, the new rolling stocks of LRT Line 1 can accommodate 1,388 passengers per train and more than double the number of running trains to 222,” Jica said.