MVP's Metro Pacific proposes Sangley-Cavitex expressway
MANILA, Philippines – The tollways company of Manuel V. Pangilinan is readying its proposal to build an expressway that will link Sangley airport in Cavite and the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).
Romulo Quimbo Jr, legal and regulatory affairs head of Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPTDC), said in a recent media briefing in Makati City that his firm has proposed to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) a 9.80-kilometer (km), 4-lane divided expressway in Cavite.
This is an "expressway proposed as a replacement to the original Segment 5 alignment which was taken over by the DPWH and now designated as the Centennial Road," a project brief shown by Quimbo read.
"We are still identifying the alignment. The project proposal is underway," Quimbo told reporters.
MPTDC is the parent firm of the Manila North Tollways Corporation, which operates the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). MPTDC is one of the subsidiaries of infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC).
According to Quimbo, the DPWH did not object to the initial idea, paving the way for a complete proposal that has yet to be submitted to the Toll Regulatory Board.
Connecting small Sangley airport
Last month, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) started inviting interested bidders to participate in the auction for the P552.87-million Sangley Airport Development Project that is seen to shift general aviation activities from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to a small gateway in San Antonio, Cavite City.
The project cost for this auction is included in the P3.35-trillion national budget for 2017. (READ: SONA 2016: Duterte eyes Sangley Point to help decongest NAIA)
All-Asia Resources & Reclamation Corporation (ARRC), the consortium of the Sy family's Belle Corporation and Solar group's Wilson Tieng, had earlier submitted a similar proposal to the government worth P1 billion.
ARRC suggested developing the Danilo Atienza Air Base in Cavite to immediately decongest NAIA, while awaiting the construction of a bigger greenfield airport.
The consortium said the Danilo Atienza budget airport proposal would reduce air traffic movements at NAIA by 20%, to 32 air traffic movements (ATMs) per hour from the current 40 ATMs per hour.
ARRC also resubmitted its P1.3-trillion Philippine Global Gateway project proposal to the Duterte administration, which includes an airport, seaport, and special economic zone at a 2,500-hectare reclaimed area off Sangley Point.
This P1.3-trillion project is competing with San Miguel Corporation's plan to build a $10-billion airport in Bulacan.
Should the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approve one of these unsolicited proposals, it will still be subject to Swiss challenge, where other investors will have the opportunity to submit a better proposal. But the original proponent would still have the right to match their offers.
All these projects are aimed at easing congestion at NAIA's 4 terminals. – Rappler.com
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