MANILA, Philippines — Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. is slated to start the main construction work on the P15.86-billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway project in January 2014.
Under the Aquino administration’s public-private partnership (PPP) scheme, San Miguel Chief Financial Officer Ferdinand Constantino inked a concession agreement with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson on Monday, July 8.
The DPWH chief said this indicates the private sector’s support for and confidence in the government’s development infrastructure plans and programs.
Serving as witnesses during the contract signing were DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, DPWH Assistant Secretary Maria Catalina Cabral, Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center Deputy Executive Director Ferdinand Tolentino and SMC Treasury Infra Head Raoul Eduardo Romulo.
Connecting NAIA, Cavitex, and Entertainment City
The project that will pave a 7.15-kilometer, four-lane NAIA expressway is seen as a strategic move for the Metro Manila Urban Expressway System. This system will be developed around the metro’s existing network of expressways.
The route of the new road structure would provide access to NAIA Terminals 1, 2 and 3, linking them to the Skyway in the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex). It seeks to ease vehicle flow to and from the airport as it will connect the 3 terminals of the NAIA Complex.
It will start from the existing Skyway and then run through Sales Avenue, Andrews Avenue, Domestic Road and NAIA Road, with entry/exit ramps to Roxas Boulevard, Macapagal Boulevard and Pagcor City.
Valued at P15.86 billion, the project is in congruence with the development of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.’s (PAGCOR) Entertainment City along the Manila Bay reclamation area.
Paving the road in phases
The project spans the improvement of Phase I, the construction of Phase II, and the construction of at-grade feeder roads leading to and from PAGCOR Entertainment City in Pasay, as well as and the operation and maintenance of the tollroad.
San Miguel and business partner Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp. paved an off-ramp leading to the front of NAIA Terminal 3 to complete the first phase of the project.
DPWH chief Singson said the engineering design details are now underway, and the civil works for Phase II-A between the Entertainment City and NAIA Terminals 1 and 2 will kick off in January 2014.
He added that Phase II-B connecting Domestic Road to NAIA Terminal 3 at Sales Street will be constructed between April 2014 and September 2015.
The P11 billion bid of San Miguel unit Optimal Infrastructure won over the P305 million bid of rival Manila North Tollways Luzon Corp. (MNTC), a unit of publicly-held conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) on April 15.
DPWH issued a Notice of Award to San Miguel on May 6. San Miguel paid P11 billion upfront to DPWH on June 5. The National Economic Development Authority Board gave the green light on the project in May 2012. – Rappler.com