Thursday, 2 April 2009

Philippine President unveils P38-billion Metro Manila road network project that will generate 107,000 jobs


BRGY. UGONG, Valenzuela City (PND) – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo unveiled today (Thursday, April 2) the ambitious P38-billion road network project of the Metro Manila Tollways Corporation “designed to significantly boost the government’s national development project and create an estimated 107,000 jobs during the five-year construction period.”

The President was briefed on the construction package through a power-point presentation by MPTC chair Manuel Pangilinan during the groundbreaking rites for a portion of project at Brgy. Ugong in Valenzuela City this morning.

The President congratulated the people involved in the road package, especially the MPTC, pointing out that projects such as these will ensure a “fiscally-strong economy and a financially-strong company.”

The road plan “will dramatically change the metropolitan landscape,” assured the MPTC which enumerated the following projects in the pipeline: Segment 8.1 whose capsule-laying ceremony was led by the President here; Segments 9 and 10 that will connect MacArthur Highway in this city to Port Area in Manila; the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Expressway; and the Skyway Stage 2.

The P38-billion package is broken down as follows: P2.9 billion for Segment 8.1; P10 billion for Segments 9 & 10; P16 billion for the NLEX-SLEX connector highway; and P10 billion plus for the Skyway Stage 2.

The planned connector road that will link the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) is an “elevated, 13-kilometer, four-way expressway linking the NLEX to the SLEX and Skyway through Road C-3 in Caloocan and Buendia Avenue in Makati City,” according to the MPTC.

It added that the connector road shall reduce travel time from NLEX to SLEX to only 15-20 minutes, down from the present travel time of more than an hour.

On the other hand, the planned Skyway Stage 2 “will extend the existing Skyway from Bicutan to Alabang in Muntinlupa City, while facilitating the needed rehabilitation works on the existing expressway including toll collection systems and the toll plazas.”

Aside from the 100,000-plus workers who will be hired for its roads package, the MPTC has a total of 880 employees in its present workforce.

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