PGMA lauds private sector for joining TPLEX project

March 1, 2010 11:58 pm 

ROSALES, Pangasinan, March 1 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday thanked the private sector for participating in the financing, designing, building and soon, operating the P11.95-billion Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), Luzon’s newest expressway.

During a inspection and briefing here, the President took note of the announcement by Philippine Infrastructure Development Corp. (PIDC) chairman Rogelio Morga that DM Consunji, leader of the private consortium, wanted the construction to be fast tracked from 22 months to only 18 months.

The President briefed local executives and residents of Pangasinan on the actual benefits to be derived from the private-sector-assisted expressway, saying that “not just in cutting down transport time for goods and services but also in spurring economic growth for all the provinces to be linked by this vital road artery.”

The President told residents of Rosales that once completed, TPLEX would bring economic growth to Rosales and soon would become Rosales City.

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Chief Secretary Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said that in keeping with President Arroyo’s State Of the Nation Address (SONA) in 2006 and her announcement last Feb.6 to expedite the acquisition, through expropriation for the road right of way (RROW), a one-stop-shop Public Assistance Center was organized with concerned agencies to help in the acquisition and negotiation.

“Of the 154 SONA commitments, 47 national projects have been delivered “but many more will be completed by April to June,” Esperon said in an interview.

“You can see that with the Urban Luzon Beltway, there is a seamless high speed land travel from Batangas through the South Luzon Expressway through C5, to North Luzon Expressway and to Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway and finally TPLEX,” Esperon said.

The 88.58-kilometer expressway will come in two lanes, initially or until such time it reaches the 25,000 daily vehicular load when it will be expanded to four lanes.

It will comprise eight interchanges and 13 bridges which will spur development along the Northern corridor by providing easy access to the north’s economic growth areas that include Baguio City, a prime tourist spot where a special economic zone caters to international firms, like Texas Instruments Philippines Inc., and the Cordillera Region’s total exports.

Urdaneta City, the commercial center of eastern Pangasinan and where market complexes and cattle trading centers are located, and San Fernando City, where the Poro Point Special Economic Zone is located, will also benefit with the operation of the expressway.

The President came here with Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap and was met at the Air Transport Office landing zone by Presidential Adviser for Region 1 Ernie Mendoza, PIDC Chairman Morga, PIDC director George Consunji and by San Miguel Corp. president and chief executive Ramon Ang. (PNA)

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