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Tunnel digging begins for Japan-backed Manila subway line

Philippine's first subway aims to reduce capital's crippling traffic congestion

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. pushes a button to start operation of tunnel excavators at a ceremony in Manila on Monday. (Photo by Yuichi Shiga)

MANILA -- Construction began on Monday on the Philippines’ first subway line, a Japan-backed attempt at solving Manila’s chronic traffic congestion.

"Having an effective and efficient transportation system will have multiplier effects on employment, the economy, our society; it will bring comfort, convenience, and an easier life for all," President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said at a groundbreaking ceremony held in Valenzuela, north of the capital.

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