Cabinet execs to work out NLEx-Skyway project issues

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Photo of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, or EDSA, taken on Jan.15, 2012. The Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp. has proposed to build a skyway over the major thoroughfare connecting it to NLEx,but the Department of Finance has brought up concerns that several Cabinet secretaries hope to work out before any problem gets out of hand. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

Several Cabinet secretaries hope to work out the concerns of the Department of Finance (DOF) over San Miguel Corp.’s North Luzon Expressway (NLEx)-Skyway connector highway before any problem gets out of hand.

Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya on Wednesday said he would “sit down” with the heads of other departments involved in the project to discuss the issues which, if left unresolved, could lead to litigation.

In a memorandum dated April 2, the DOF called for revisions of key provisions of the draft concession framework or supplemental toll operation agreement (STOA) for Skyway Stage 3. For one, the DOF said it did not want state-run Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC) to be involved in the project, noting that the current draft would place “undue reliance on the supposed continuing effectivity and validity of the franchise” of this government corporation.

The DOF said the provision would put at risk “the integrity of the competitive tender process for tollways under the PPP (public-private partnership) program.”

PNCC has a minority stake in the connector road project, which was originally a partnership between the government-owned firm and Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp. (CMMTC), a unit of San Miguel Corp.

The memorandum was signed by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and addressed to Secretaries Abaya, Rogelio Singson of Public Works, Arsenio Balisacan of Economic Planning, Jose Rene Almendras and Edmundo Reyes Jr. of the Toll Regulatory Board.

Also, the DOF called for the inclusion of specific key performance indicators for operations and maintenance, and penalties for noncompliance to the project’s terms. Failure to complete the entire project in 36 months would provide grounds for termination, the DOF said.

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  • Guest

    just drop 1 nuke in that place & the problem is over. Unahin nyo muna ang krisis ng kuryente sa Mindanao, ang tubataha lagyan nyo ng 24 hours na kuryente ang mga rangers so that the radar would work 24 hours too,
    Its all MM how more trillion are you to pour in this place.

  • troyg318

    another stumble block to hinder the project for getting push through… hayyy onli in the Philippines.

  • joboni96

    pilipino lang dapat ang makinabang sa mga ito

    no foreigners
    no intsik switiks

    and sell to pilipinos only

    no intsik switik and foreigners sa lahat ng toll roads

    • http://www.facebook.com/billy.reyes.984 Billy Reyes

      pag government own nalulugi ang kompanya talamak ang korapsyon akala ng tao pag sa gobyerno kanila na rin.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Baka nagraffle pa kung kaninong bahay ang ipalis sa right of way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nestor.marcera Nestor Marcera

    So slow in implementing infra projects. Questions here and there.

  • Bulagas



  • sabian

    Sila sila sa gobyerno nag aagawan ng projects. Matatapos termino i abnoy wala ni isang natapos o naumpisahan na project. Puro payabang at paninisi ang nagawa. 4 km na daang hari exit, hindi matapos tapos dahil sa walang kwentang ppp na yan.

  • Rolando Plata

    You’re right… It’s taking too long. Lots of talk. Meanwhile people suffer.

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    Bakit kasi di mawala ang gulangan at hidden agenda ng mga private partners na to.

  • rickysgreyes


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