Infradev, Makati city gov't, sign subway venture

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 30 2019 11:51 AM | Updated as of Jul 30 2019 05:56 PM

MANILA - Philippine Infradev Holdings Inc. on Tuesday said it signed a joint venture agreement with the local government of Makati for the construction of the Makati Subway.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay and listed Infradev chairman Ren Jinhua led the signing ceremony for the $3.5-billion subway project.

"Philippine Infradev Holdings Inc. and the Makati City Government signed the Joint Venture Agreement in connection with the Makati Subway Project," the company said in a disclosure to the stock exchange.

Infradev also disclosed to the stock exchange that it submitted to the Makati city government a $350-million performance bond for the project, which was a pre-condition for the signing of the joint venture agreement with the city.

Last year Philippine Infradev, formerly IRC Properties, hurdled a 60-day Swiss challenge and got the approval from the Makati City Council to proceed with the subway.

The project broke ground last December 2018. Infradev said it has completed a 6-month soil testing along the proposed alignment of the 10-kilometer intracity subway system with no adverse findings.

When finished, the Makati Subway will have 10 stations located in key points around the business district.

The Makati City Hall said the subway would be able to service "up to 54,000 passengers per hour in both directions and is expected to increase profitability among businesses and productivity among workers."

Binay has said the project would not require any funds from the city government. She said Makati would only contribute land it currently owns for use in the subway system.

The Makati Subway will also be connected to the proposed Metro Manila Subway project, MRT stations, and the Pasig River ferry.

- With a report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News