Philippines orders 240 Japanese train cars for first Manila subway for $556 million USD

Philippines orders 240 Japanese train cars for first Manila subway for $556 million USD


Sumitomo and JR East's $556m contract follows 2019 commuter rail deal

Philippines orders 240 Japanese train cars for first Manila subway

Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. and an East Japan Railway unit announced Monday that they won a 57.5 billion yen ($556 million) order for train cars that will serve Manila's first-ever subway system. 

President Rodrigo Duterte's Build Build Build program highlighted the Manila's first-ever subway public transport system which idea was rejected by all previous Philippine Presidents due to their belief that subway train system could not withstand in the Philippines due to flooding issues ignoring the suggested engineering intervention that could protect the project from floods. 

Sumitomo and JR East subsidiary Japan Transport Engineering signed the contract on Dec. 15, 2020 according to the news release. The order covers 240 subway cars, with the final delivery date set for March 2027.

The subway will span 36 km and 17 stations in the Greater Manila region. The line will connect Quezon City in the north to the city of Paranaque in the south.

The subway project is the centerpiece of the "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure initiative being led by President Rodrigo Duterte's government. The Japanese government is providing foreign development assistance for the undertaking.

The contract comes on the heels of last year's order for 104 cars that will run on a north-south commuter railway serving Manila. The line is expected to fully open in 2025.

Japan Transport Engineering is making both the subway and commuter cars, which will be similar. The company owns the largest share in Japan's commuter-rail-car market.

The cars run on Tokyo rail lines operated by parent company JR East, also known as East Japan Railway. The Manila subway line will be modeled after Tokyo's subway system. Read more at Asia Nikkei

Philippine University found a diamond from its Bin; A Multi Million Dollar Maigue's AuREUS Solar Invention Proves the University Overstaying Policy Wrong

Carvey Ehren Maigue A Multi Million Dollar Maigue's AuREUS Solar Invention Proves the University Overstaying Policy Wrong

Winning the inaugural Sustainability Award of the James Dyson Award 2020, 27-year-old Carvey Ehren Maigue is the mind behind AuREUS System Technology - a new material, made from waste crop, which converts UV light into renewable energy. After discovering he won the Award, we caught up with Carvey to hear about his journey so far, the inspiration behind his invention, what lies ahead and why persistence is key. Photo: James Dyson Award

To be a college dropout or  overstaying in college are just among the common problems of the students to face the tremendous pressures from their professors to comply everything what are called scripted university curriculum or programs that students needs to comply otherwise the would be kicked-out or they would be overstayed and both grounds for them to be dismissed from the university.   

Carvey Ehren Maigue is just among the one in a million student that tried to defy the pressure of just complying all the requirements from the university to graduate but instead he studied and he did what he thinks as his most interested research whatever it takes.

In every one million university graduates in the Philippines or even in the world it is rare to find a student that would insist to do his/her passion of study than just to comply and follow the instructor like a robot and just be an ordinary employee that follows the instruction what to do. The case of Carvey Ehren Maigue is just an example that the University Overstaying Policy could be wrong if the bases are just the curriculum and the university program.

This Overstaying College Student Just Won a Global Science Award

Carvey Ehren Maigue, a student from Mapua University, has been named the first-ever Global Sustainability Winner at the James Dyson Award.

His invention? A new material made from rotten fruit and vegetables that converts UV light into electricity, and can be used for window panels, as well as walls.

Maigue was handpicked by founder James Dyson himself.

“As a farmer, I have always been concerned about covering fertile, food-producing, agricultural land in photovoltaic cells. Carvey’s invention demonstrates a convincing way to create clean energy on existing structures, like windows, within cities,” said Dyson.

What particularly won Dyson over was Maigue’s persistence.

“AuREUS is impressive in the way it makes sustainable use of waste crops, but I’m particularly impressed by Carvey’s resolve and determination,” said Dyson. “Having failed to make the national stage of the Award in 2018, he stuck at it and further developed his idea— this will be a very important character trait as he embarks on the long road to commercialization.”

Maigue calls the award, “one of the greatest achievements I’ve made.”

The son of a single mother, Maigue says he didn’t want to burden her with having to worry about his education.

“I told her I’ll find ways to put myself through school,” he said. To pay for his tuition fees at Mapua University, he takes on protyping projects and other jobs, and “sometimes I come close to the target amount of money, sometimes I don’t.”

He’s now 27 years old, and about two semesters away from graduating, which likely will now happen soon. The Dyson Sustainability Award comes with a cash award of £30,000 pounds, or ₱1.9 million Philippine pesos.

Maigue's invention was among 1,800 entries from young inventors and design engineers from 27 countries around the world. 

His AuREUS system makes use of crop waste that absorbs stray UV light from the sun and converts it to electricity.

The system is used for windows and walls for buildings. AuREUS devices use the same technology derived from the phenomena that creates the Northern lights. High energy particles are absorbed by luminescent particles that re-remit them as visible light.

Similar types of particles derived from fruit and vegetables are suspended in a resin substrate. When hit by sunlight, the particles absorb and emit visible light along the edges. When this light is captured, it can be converted to electricity.

The criteria for the competition was straightforward: Design something that solves a problem. Maigue definitely did. Read more at Esquire

Some important links

Carvey Ehren Maigue's Facebook page

Carvey Ehren Maigue's Crowed Funding start-up


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