Building Of New Expressways Pushed

The country urgently needs to build more expressways via Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to be more competitive, stressed Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) President Ramoncito Fernandez during the recent Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines, Inc. (EJAP) Forum.

Already, the Philippines is lagging behind all of its Southeast Asian neighbors, with just 296.5 kilometers of expressways, or 25 kilometers of expressway per million capital city population.

Malaysia ranks the highest with 2,717 kilometers of expressways and a ratio of 453 kilometers per one million people, followed by Indonesia with over 791 kms and a ratio of 77.7 kms per million and Thailand, at 309 kilometers, with 26 kilometers per million.

And the Philippines' traffic congestion problem only worsens as urban population expands, travel demand and vehicles on the road constantly increase, he warned.

At present, MPTC operates 852 lane-kilometers which accounts for the bulk, or 59%, of toll roads in the country.

In the next five years, MPTC shall continue to be the country's leading toll road developer through a three-pronged approach, maintaining its robust financial position while enhancing shareholder returns, expanding its current toll road portfolio and strengthening its position as a leading toll road developer.

However, Fernandez reiterated the need to build more expressways in the country immediately.

"Public-private partnership is the most optimal solution to address this need," he noted. "Both public and private sectors must perform their part and work together."

For its part, the Philippine government requested the the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to conduct a master plan on High Standard Highway (HSH) Network Development in the country.

The HSH will provide high level of traffic services by assuring high speed mobility and safe travel in order to support socio-economic activities in strategic regions as well as the whole archipelago.

So far, the HSH masterplan recommended building 21,236 kms of roads from 2010 to 2016. Of the total 585 kms are toll expressways all located in Luzon.

The masterplan covers d the rehabilitation, improvement and construction of new 2-lane roads spanning 4,400 kms in Luzon and 11,901 kms in Visayas and Mindanao.

It also recommended expanding 2-lane roads to 4-lane ones, involving 1,926kms in Luzon and 1,769 kms in Vis-Min as well as undertaking new toll expressways stretching 886 kms in Luzon and 354 kms in Vis-Min.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels
    Philippine troops end offensive they say killed 139 rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A monthlong Philippine offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said. …

  • Developers prepare for new rules and regulations
    Developers prepare for new rules and regulations

    Known as the "Subdivision and Condominium Buyers' Protective Decree," Presidential Decree No. 957 issued two sets of revised implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) earlier in 2015. A bill initiated by former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1976, the decree and its most recent amendments were designed to "protect buyers from fraudulent and unscrupulous subdivision and condominium sellers, operators and developers," according to the explanatory note that accompanied the bill in its senate …

  • ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’
    ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’

    Lawmakers are demanding the arrest of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters involved in the killing of 44 policemen in Mamasapano before the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the 75-member ad hoc committee in the House of Representatives deliberating on the BBL, prodded the Department of Justice (DOJ) to speed up its investigation and file charges against the MILF guerrillas as the Aquino administration …

  • Pinoys dance for Earth Hour
    Pinoys dance for Earth Hour

    The Philippines once again displayed its support Saturday night for the worldwide observance of Earth Hour by hosting a dance party after turning the lights off from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to save energy and make a statement on various environmental issues. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said widespread participation proved anew that no individual action on climate change is too small and that no collective vision is too big with celebrations in over 7,000 hubs in 170 countries. The WWF said …

  • Phl offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China
    Phl offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The quid pro quo was contained in a note verbale the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) handed to a representative of the Malaysian embassy last week, a week after the visit of Malaysian Defense Minister Dato  Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission …

  • Maysak to enter Phl Wednesday
    Maysak to enter Phl Wednesday

    A typhoon with international name Maysak is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday and bring rains over Northern Luzon by weekend, the state weather bureau said yesterday. Aldczar Aurelio, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the typhoon was 2,810 kilometers east of Mindanao as of 10 a.m. yesterday. “This typhoon is still too far to affect any part of the country,” the weather …

  • Nonviolent disciplining of kids pushed

    Child rights advocates called on senators to pass and strongly endorse a law that will institutionalize positive and nonviolent methods of disciplining children.The Child Rights Network (CRN), Plan International Philippines (PIP), Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLPCD), and Lihok Pilipinas Foundation led the call for the enactment of the Positive Discipline Bill.Several Quezon City Council members led by Majority Floor Leader Jesus Manuel Suntay, Victor Ferrer …

  • Method to their madness

    [caption id="attachment_256768" align="alignright" width="212"] Illustration by Rod Cañalita[/caption] EMMANUEL PORTUGAL Country Manager for the Philippines, VMware I look after the garden. I’d like to think that I have a green thumb—no plants have died so far! The ones I like now that I planted a few months ago is the Blue Iris. Like the town in the movie, my Blue Iris shows up in the morning and only appears for one day. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options