SMC to build common road for Makati project

By Lenie Lectura, BusinessMirror

Posted at Jul 26 2012 07:15 AM | Updated as of Jul 26 2012 03:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Corp. (SMC)-backed Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp. (CMMTC) will construct the three-kilometer (km) common road in Makati that leads to the connector road project which the group proposed to undertake.

“It will be us,” SMC president Ramon S. Ang replied when asked which group will undertake the construction of the common road.

The other group that will construct another connector road is led by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan.

There will be a 3-km common road starting from Buendia in Makati City to Plaza Dilao in Manila before the respective connector roads are built.

Pangilinan, chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., earlier said the question pertaining to which group will construct and fund the common road is still left unanswered. “That is still being discussed,” he said in an earlier interview.

SMIC-CMMTC secured the nod of the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) to build a six-lane 14.2 km extension of the Integrated Skyway System from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City. This road will have exits in Quirino in Manila and Plaza Dilao, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon Boulevard, Sergeant Rivera, and Balintawak in Quezon City.

In May 2011, CMMTC submitted an updated investment proposal for the Skyway Stage 3 to the TRB and the Department of Public Works and Highways. Skyway stage 3 is a component of the Metro Manila Skyway project approved by the government in 1995.

CMMTC asserted its right to construct extension roads for the Metro Manila Skyway through a concession agreement it signed with the government. The first stage of the Skyway runs from Buendia to Bicutan and the second stage extends the elevated road all the way to Alabang, Muntinlupa.

The group of Pangilinan proposed the construction of a 13.-km overhead road via the Philippine National Railway tracks passing through the busy streets of Manila. Its own version of the connector road will have four lanes and three exits that will be located in Quirino, España, and 5th Avenue. From there, the road would connect to another MPIC road project known as the “Harbor Link,” which is actually an extension of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx). The Pangilinan group holds the concession for NLEx.

The government already convened the two groups that will separately undertake the construction of two road projects linking the north and south expressways.

Both were asked to submit relevant information that will help the government in exploring options for the smooth implementation of the two projects as there will be portions that are common to the two alignments. MPIC and CMMTC have reportedly agreed to comply.