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Duterte leads commissioning of BRP Melchora Aquino, lowering of subway tunnel boring machine

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Duterte leads commissioning of BRP Melchora Aquino, lowering of NCR subway’s tunnel boring machine

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte led two events on Sunday after gracing the 124th Independence Day commemoration.

The president participated in the commissioning of Barko ng Pangulo ng Pilipinas (BRP) Melchora Aquino and the lowering of tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Metro Manila Subway.

Duterte commissioned the BRP Melchora Aquino, the Multi-Role Response Vessel (MRRV) 9702 of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), which was docked at Pier 15, South Harbor in Manila City.

READ: PH Coast Guard welcomes newest vessel ‘BRP Melchora Aquino’

MRRV 9702 — one of the two largest white ships acquired by the Department of Transportation for the PCG — is prepared to conduct maritime patrols in the country’s waters, including the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise.

Tunnel boring machine

Meanwhile, the president also took part in the lowering and positioning of the first TBM for the Metro Manila Subway.

READ: DOTr: Metro Manila Subway now 26% complete

The event in Valenzuela City marked the kickoff of the subway’s underground construction works.

Twenty-five TBMs will be used for the project which will link the subway’s 17 stations.

Likewise, the state-of-the-art train simulator for the Philippines Railways Institute was unveiled.

The Metro Manila Subway — which will stretch across 33 kilometers from Valenzuela City to Pasay City — is expected to shorten travel time between Quezon City and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport from one hour and 10 minutes to just 35 minutes.

READ: Jica: Valenzuela to NAIA in 45 minutes when subway done in 2027

The transport system is expected to cater 370,000 passengers per day in its first year of full operations in 2027 at the latest.


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