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PGMA inspects P500-M QC underpass

Quezon City (10 February) -- Leaving nothing to chance in the implementation of her pet projects, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo saw for herself the progress of civil works on the P500-million underpass in Novaliches, Quezon City Tuesday, February 09, 2010.

The President also presided over a Cabinet meeting in the area, specifically at the Novaliches Barangay Hall, to underscore the need to complete government infrastructure projects on schedule.

During the meeting, Public Works and Highways Secretary Victor Domingo briefed the President and her Cabinet on the status of the ongoing construction of the underpass, located at the intersection of Mindanao Avenue and Quirino Highway in Barangay Talipapa in Sauyo, Novaliches.

The underpass forms part of a larger project. It connects to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Valenzuela City to Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City, to Circumferential Road 5, and eventually to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in Bicutan, Taguig City.

The NLEX-Mindanao Avenue linkup embodies the NLEX Phase II project currently implemented by the Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC). It is designed to provide wide access to the 84-kilometer tollway spanning Balintawak in Caloocan City and Sta. Ines in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

Once completed, the NLEX-Mindanao Avenue-C-5-SLEX interconnection will provide motorists hassle-free travel to South Luzon and North Luzon since they will be spared the perennial traffic jams in several Metro Manila chokepoints.

All this is part of the current administration's flagship project, the Urban Luzon Beltway (ULB), which is meant to make the country a major logistics and services hub in Asia-Pacific. The region accounts for $1 trillion of the estimated global logistics value of $3.5 trillion.

Other key components of the ULB project are the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), which provides seamless travel from Sto. Tomas town in Batangas to Batangas City.

STAR will be made to link up with SLEX, NLEX, and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), a 93.7-kilometer modern tollway connecting Subic Freeport Zone in Olongapo City, the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles City, and the Central Techno Park in Tarlac City.

The road networks facilitate travel between and among the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Metro Manila, and other international seaports in Subic Bay and Batangas City. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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