Known to many as the business hub of country, Cebu now boasts one of its innovations to fast pace access to the city’s central business district – The Cebu Subway. The first of its niche in the entire Philippines, Cebu Subway stretches in a 0.97 kilometers long access from the SRP (South Road Properties) going underneath the historical Plaza Independencia and Fort San Pedro and ends at Sergio Osmeña Blvd. near Pier 2.
The construction of the Cebu Subway which is also known as the 3B-2 project started last June 28, 2006. With very limited budget the development of the tunnel was sluggish. It was only in 2008 where a big part of the 1.2 billion budget from the government, which was acquired through a loan from the JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation) made the construction of the Cebu Subway faster.
The Cebu Subway was inaugurated last June 10, 2010 by former President Gloria Arroyo which ended her term and became a Congresswoman of Pampanga last June 30, 2010. Together with Cebu City Mayor-elect Michael Rama, the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Makoto Katsura, officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Kajima Corporation, Mrs. Arroyo unveiled the marker located right at the entrance of the Cebu Subway going to the South Road Properties during the said inauguration day.
At the moment, the Cebu Subway still has some minor developments like the installation of electrical systems, mounting of security cameras and a lot of other security measures to make sure the project is ready for public use. The Cebu Subway is expected to be fully open to the public by August 2010. At this time, the tunnel is open on weekdays during rush hours; from 6 am to 9am and 5pm to 8pm. During weekends, the tunnel is closed and the development will resume until such time everything has been completed.
The Cebu Subway will be maintained by the DPWH-7 (Department of Public Works and Highways – Region 7) after the one year warranty period provided by Kajima Corporation, the Japanese builders. They will also train the DPWH personnel who will handle the maintenance and management of the Cebu Subway.
Consisting of four lanes, with two tunnels in both directions, the Cebu Subway is the “road to a faster economy”. It has an automatic pumping and lighting system and it is complete with safety features. It is of world-class standards and one of the many infrastructures Cebu City is proud of.