SMC-Citra backs DOTC proposal for 2 tollroads

Posted at 03/07/12 4:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Corp. (SMC)-backed Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp. (CMMTC)  expressed support for Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas' suggestion for the government to allow the construction of 2 north-to-south tollroads in Metro Manila.

"Having two major tollways linking the north and south will indeed [by] be very beneficial to the public. Not only will we decongest Edsa, we will also hasten the flow of traffic and commerce between North and South," CMMTC president Shadik Wahono said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Manny V. Pangilinan welcomed government's plan to accommodate both proposals of Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. (MPTDC) and CMMTC.
"It's like basketball. Instead of quarreling for a single ball, why don't you give them two balls," Pangilinan said.
MPTDC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), the tollways arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC).

Wahono said the Citra Skyway 3 project and MPTC's connector road will cater to different markets and serve different purposes.

"We don't mind if the government will allow both Citra and MPTC to undertake their projects. The more that the roads complement each other, the better the traffic throughput would be," he said.

Citra earlier proposed a 14-kilometer, 6-lane tollway that will have exists in @uirino in Manila and Plaza Dilao, Aurora Boulevard, E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon Boulevard, Sgt. Rivera, and Balintawak in Quezon City.

On the other, MPTC's proposed connector road will have 4 lanes and 3 exits in Quirino, Espana, and 5th Avenue. The P21-billlion, 13.2 kilometer elevated road would run alongside the tracks of state-run Philippine National Railways.