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Rizal residents would not have to wait until 2028 to finally enjoy the convenience of the MRT-4 project after Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said on Friday, 1 October 2021 that the Department of Transportation will implement a partial operability scheme for the railway project.
“I saw the completion of the project is 2028. I want the concept of partial operability to be implemented in the designs, in the projects, so that we will not wait for the completion of the project until 2028. So that the people of Rizal can enjoy and experience the benefit of MRT-4,” Tugade said during the contract signing for the detailed architectural and engineering design consultancy for the MRT-4 Project at the Rizal Capitol in Antipolo City.
Tugade also directed Spain-based design consultant IDOM Consulting Engineering, Architecture, SA, (IDOM) to include the concept of immediate operability in their design.
“Maraming proyekto ang kailangang tapusin from A-to-Z bago maging operational. Dito sa aking term bilang Kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Transportasyon, I injected the concept of partial operability: wherewith I said: ‘We will no longer wait for the completion of a project from stage 1 to stage Z in order for the people to enjoy to benefit of the project,” he explained.
Funded by official development assistance (ODA) from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the MRT-4 project is a railway mass-transit system that will connect the eastern parts of Metro Manila with the highly-populated areas of the province of Rizal.
The railway’s mainline will serve Metro Manila’s eastern artery including the cities of Mandaluyong, San Juan, Quezon, Pasig, and the municipalities of Cainta and Taytay in Rizal, addressing the massive traffic problem and limited road capacities in the over-populated areas of each city and municipality.
Spain's ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas Sanchez explained that the project will bring about social and economic benefits to the Province of Rizal, while at the same time addressing the congestion problems in the area.
“I can only imagine the vast economic improvement this project will contribute to the lives of the citizens and communities of Rizal province. Once the MRT-4 is completed and operational, it will improve economic and commercial connectivity. Of course, not to mention the improvement it will bring to the congestion issue here in this area,” Ambassador Sanchez said.
The Spanish Ambassador also expressed his gratitude to Secretary Tugade for the privilege of working with the Department of Transportation to help bring change in the lives of Filipinos.
“We are proud to share our experience with the Filipino people. Relying on the expertise, in this case, such as IDOM. Spanish companies like IDOM, among others are privileged to work hand-in-hand with mi amigo, Secretary Art Tugade and his able staff at the DOTr such as Usec. Batan,” he said.
Once operational, the MRT-4 project will see an uptick in employment opportunities, livelihood and business opportunities for Filipinos.
The project's design stage is slated in the 4th quarter of 2021, while the start of early works is scheduled for the 2nd quarter of 2022.
For her part, Rizal Governor Rebecca Alcantara Ynares said the MRT-4 is another project that will benefit the residents of Rizal. 
“MRT-4 will be the second powerful linkage initiated during your stint at the Transportation Department. We shall never forget that it was your passion for the President’s program, which led to the fulfillment of the promise of an LRT-2 station in our beloved Antipolo City. We know that MRT-4 will be another promise fulfilled in the near future,” Ynares said.
DOTr Press Release
01 October 2021