December 20, 2021 By Gerard Jude Castillo

MRT-7, along with other infrastructure projects, can help bring the country towards economic growth, says SMC

To most people, the soon-to-be-operational Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7) may be just another railway system. But for San Miguel Corporation, the company responsible for constructing the massive infrastructure project, it is a key component to economic growth.

SMC President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon S. Ang believe that beyond providing a means of transportation, MRT-7 can help the country achieve economic progress. It can help alleviate traffic and pollution, boost economic activity and create new jobs, especially in the provinces, and even improve the overall quality of life.

It’s all part of the company’s interconnected and integrated network of mobility options that, as a whole, aim to promote sustainable economic growth—especially after the COVID-19 that has crippled the global economy.

To kick things off, South Korean manufacturer Hyundai Rotem delivered an initial 6 train sets comprising 18 cars. This will eventually increase until a total of 36 trainsets or 108 cars will be in service. They will run along a 23km stretch that begins in North Avenue in Quezon City going all the way to San Jose in Bulacan.

This, along with a host of soon-to-be-constructed expressways, will make it easier and faster to go to and from the province of Bulacan, which is also where the future Manila International Airport (another SMC infrastructure project) will be located.

Together with government agencies like the Department of Transportation, SMC is hard at work building an extensive rail and road network that will link the Northern part of Luzon to the South via Metro Manila and its surrounding environs. Once complete, SMC hopes to provide Filipinos with a mobility network that will not only make travel much faster and safer but will lead the country towards economic growth and a brighter future.  

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