Gov't may accept SMC, Pangilinan connector road proposals

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 02 2012 06:22 PM | Updated as of May 03 2012 02:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Manuel V. Pangilinan and Ramon Ang have competing proposals for a road that will connect the South Luzon and Noth Luzon expressways. But Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said it may accept both proposals.

At a Public Private Partnership forum on Wednesday, Singson said there is a "very big possibility" both proposals will be accepted.

Pangilinan's Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. submitted an unsolicited proposal for a 13.2-kilometer elevated road linking NLEX at C3 to Skyway 1 in Buendia, Makati. The road will run would run alongside the tracks of state-run Philippine National Railways.

Ang's proposal was made through Skyway operator Citra Manila Tollways Corp., where San Miguel Corp. recently bought a stake. Citra earlier proposed a 14-kilometer, 6-lane tollway that will have exits in Quirino in Manila and Plaza Dilao, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon Boulevard, Sgt. Rivera, and Balintawak in Quezon City.

Earlier, Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas suggested the government allow the construction of 2 north-to-south tollroads in Metro Manila.

However, since the two companies' proposals are unsolicited, they may face the Swiss challenge. This means the government will publish the bids and invite other companies to match it or give a better offer. - ANC