TWO mega-projects are in the pipeline under the Private-Public Partnership scheme to address the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila and to build a new national penitentiary to decongest many prisons in the country, an official said Tuesday.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the government is eyeing the construction of a BGC-Ortigas Road Link along with the retrofitting the Guadalupe Bridge to decongest Epifanio delos Santos Avenue, Metro Manila’s main artery.
“That would be an additional bridge to add to what we have now on the east side of Metro Manila,” Pernia said.
“We need another one to add road space for those traveling between the two parts of Pasig, the two parts of Metro Manila that is cut by the Pasig River.”
After the construction of the BGC-Ortigas Road Link, the Guadalupe Bridge, which connects Makati and Mandaluyong, will have to be retrofitted, Pernia said.
“There’s also a need to reinforce the Guadalupe Bridge,” Pernia said.
“So when work on the bridge starts, one lane will be closed, so we need an additional bridge.”
Officials have recommended 10 projects for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval, and those include the North-South Railway Project-South Line, the Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit-Edsa, and the Metro Manila Flood Management Project.
The North-South Railway Project will include the construction of a Commuter Line.
The Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit-Edsa project involves a 48.6-kilometer BRT system through Edsa, Ayala Avenue, Ortigas-BGC and NAIA, which will be built with 63 stations.
The Metro Manila Flood Management Project Phase I aims to reduce flooding in the flood-prone areas of Greater Metropolitan Manila.
A Common station for MRT 3, LRT 1 and MRT 7 will also be built.
Pernia said the proposed Metro Manila Subway, to be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, will push through.
“We just need to choose which of three possible alignments should be implemented and JICA is keen on financing that project,” he said.
The jail facility to be located in Fort Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija, will also push through after the Aquino administration failed to start it.
“That prison in Fort Magsaysay should decongest our overcrowded jails and prisons,” Pernia said.