Makati subway gets $332-million additional funding
Makati Mayor Abby Binay said an additional $332 million has been made available as initial funding for the Makati Subway after Philippine Infradev Holdings, Inc., lead private sector proponent in the joint venture with the city, signed investment agreements with key Chinese firm partners in Hongkong on October 28, Monday.
The mayor, who witnessed the partnership signing ceremony, said Hui Gao Investments Development Limited has agreed to provide $102 million as equity investment and $200 million in credit facility to be used for the country’s first intra-city subway system.
Shanghai Mintu Investments Ltd. also signed a subscription agreement for direct equity investments of $30 million in Makati City Subway, Inc., the corporate entity that will construct and operate the subway system, she added.
Together with the land contribution of Makati City and the initial investment, the Makati City Subway System now has initial funding of around $500 million.
“The Makati Subway project is definitely gaining momentum, and we are confident that our lead partner Philippine Infradev Holdings will be able to sustain the pace and finish the project on schedule,” Mayor Abby said.
“We are also grateful to our new partners from the Chinese business community for showing their trust in the viability of the subway project through their investments. With their vote of confidence, we anticipate more investors coming in to share our vision for the city,” she stated.
Hui Gao Investments Development Limited is an affiliate of the Redco Properties Group. Redco is a HK publicly listed integrated property developer focusing on mid-to-high-end residential and commercial property development in the People’s Republic of China.
Shanghai MinTu is an investment holding group focusing on infrastructure, mass transportation, and financial services. The company built the Jiangyin Yangtze River bridge, the longest bridge in China and third longest in the world when it was completed in 1999.
Mayor Abby said around 10,000 jobs will be made available to Makati residents in the construction and operation of the subway. Upon her request, job opportunities will be opened to Makati senior citizens who are still fit to work once the subway starts to operate in 2025.
The subway system is expected to increase work productivity by cutting down the daily commute or travel time of workers. According to JICA’s congestion valuations, the Philippines will gain at least US$ 600 million annually in GDP just for enhanced productivity.
Also present at the signing ceremony in Hongkong were three members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Standing Committee, namely, Wu Lianghao, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kingway Group Holding Co., Ltd.; Zhou Andayuan, Non-Executive Director and Honorary Chairman of China Ocean Ship Building Industry Group Ltd.; and Wei Mingde, Member of CPPCC.
Makati City was also represented by Atty. Claro Certeza, City Administrator and Chairman of the PPP Selection Committee, and Atty. Michael Camiña, City Legal Officer and Secretary of the PPP Selection Committee.
The Makati Subway is the first and most ambitious underground railway project undertaken by a local government unit in the Philippines.
On July 30, Mayor Abby led the Makati City Government in signing the historic Joint Venture Agreement with Philippine Infradev Holdings Inc., represented by Chairman Ren Jinhua, for the subway project in a ceremony held at Makati City Hall.
Philippine Infradev hurdled a 60-day competitive Swiss Challenge and obtained the approval from the Makati City Council on July 19 for the construction, operation and management of the intra-city subway.
Under the joint venture, Makati would only contribute land it currently owns for the project, and there will be no cash out from the city government.
The subway would connect key points in Makati like the current Central Business District at the corner of Ayala and Sen. Gil Puyat Avenues, Circuit City, Makati City Hall, University of Makati, Ospital ng Makati and other new growth areas within the city.
The subway will have up to 10 air-conditioned, underground island stations which entrances will be linked to destinations across the city. It can accommodate up to six car trains, with room for over 200 persons per car, with more than 700,000 passengers per day to be accommodated and served by the proposed mass transport system.
Makati's intra-city subway is seen complementing the National Government’s mass transport projects as it would be connected to the proposed Metro Manila Mega Subway project, MRT stations, and the Pasig River ferry.
The Makati Subway is also expected to make a positive impact on neighboring cities as it will help decongest traffic, particularly in major thoroughfares.