Heads up, commuters! Quezon City has ordered the construction of the MRT-7 Quezon Memorial Circle station to be temporarily stopped, according to ABS-CBN News. Environmentalists and historians have advised that the construction above the landmark “would affect [its] identity as a national heritage park," said Mayor Joy Belmonte.
Upon reviewing the project, authorities also found that “the proposed floor area is more than five times the approved figure.” The mayor said they have initiated talks with the Department of Transportation (DOT), contractor EEI Corporation, developer San Miguel Corporation, and other stakeholders “for clarification and guidance.”
She also called on the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the descendants of the late Manuel L. Quezon, to which the national park is dedicated, for their opinion on the matter.
She said, "We want to look for a win-win solution that would protect our open spaces while advancing the welfare of thousands of commuters who will benefit from the mass transport project.”
The Quezon Memorial Circle station is part of the MRT-7 line from Quezon City to Bulacan that is estimated to cut travel time from over two hours to only 34 minutes. As of January 15, construction is 50.69 percent complete, according to the DOT.
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