Earlier today, it was another historic milestone and remarkable event for the Philippines’ railway sector when the Cutter Head of ‘KAUNLARAN’, the first among the six Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) has been unveiled and was witnessed by government officials, particularly from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Finance (DOF), and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). and international partners from Japan.
The Cutter Head is the largest part of the TBM, weighing 74 tons. Its main purpose is to break, cut and grind rocks and soil by rotating its 36-piece disc cutter, composed of 15 pieces of single and 21 pieces of twin Roller Cutter (RC).
The arrival of the first TBM Cutter Head also signals the continuous arrival of the other TBM equipment and materials. On the following days of February 2021, the remaining parts of the machine will arrive and will be transported at the site for assembly, which will then be followed by the conduct of mandatory operational test prior to the lowering and main drive underground. It is expected to be done in the third quarter of this year.
A total of 25 TBMs will be utilized for the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP).
During the ceremony, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was invited to the podium to share Malacanang’s statement with regards to this momentous event.
“On behalf of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, allow me first to congratulate the DOTr, JICA, and the Japanese government for this historic and momentous event. Sa wakas po magkakaroon na tayo ng subway. We were the first to have the LRT in the while of Asia, and although we were a bit delayed in having our subway, now we can say, we have truly modernized our transportation in this country,” said Roque as he expressed his appreciation to the project.
“The arrival of this equipment is significant because it contributes further to what I have described as the renaissance of Philippine infrastructure. As you know the President has many critics, and they will not stop until they regain power. But presidents will come and go but in the annals of Philippine history, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, will be remembered for the renaissance of infrastructure, for beating COVID-19, and of course, for all the social legislations that he so shepherded, including universal healthcare and free tuition in state colleges and universities. Let today’s event be recorded in the annals of Philippine history as another first of the Duterte administration. And to his critics, I have only this to say, “Manigas kayong lahat!” Good morning to all of you.”
The MMSP is the first underground railway system in the country that will provide the most modern mass transportation in the National Capital Region (NCR), from Valenzuela City to FTI, Parañaque, and Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA T3) in Pasay and will further stretch across North and South zones of the Greater Capital Region.