MANILA -- Businessmen who oppose the construction of the Metro Manila Subway's northern depot in Valenzuela City should support the project that aims to ease traffic in the entire capital district and its suburbs, the city mayor said Monday.
Hosting the depot will also encourage more investments in Valenzuela since it would reduce the 3-hour travel time between the north and south ends of Metro Manila during rush hour, Mayor Rex Gatchalian said.
Some 40 business establishments oppose the planned depot in the Mindanao Avenue area, he said. Informal settlers have been relocated and those whose lands will be used were compensated by P30,000 to P40,000 per square meter, he said.
"We cannot be a part of the complaining bunch. We should be part of the solution makers," Gatchalian told ANC. "You cannot fight progress."
Gatchalian said it could be too costly to reconfigure the project, which was studied and co-financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.