MPTC says road works on NLEX, SCTEX halted until after ASEAN

Road works and repairs along the North Luzon Expressway and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway will be suspended until after the ASEAN Summit.

Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. said the road expansions in Mabiga, Sta. Ines will have to be put off. MPTC President and Chief Executive Officer Rodrigo E. Franco said this, among others, were delayed because of the ASEAN activities in Clark, Pampanga.

Franco said road works on NLEX and SCTEX were shutdown since October 27 so as not to disrupt the All Saint’s Day weekend with the influx of passengers heading for the provinces.

Since various ASEAN activities and meetings were held in Clark, Pampanga from Nov. 10 to 14, suspension of construction on these main thoroughfares would resume Nov. 16, as the ASEAN events end.

Everyday, Franco said, some 264,500 to 299,000 vehicles use NLEX at peak hours.

To ease traffic, the MPTC has allocated P3.7 billion for expressway enhancement projects. 

Already, MPTC has completed construction of 64 kilometers in NLEX from Sta. Rita, Guiguinto, Bulacan, to Mabalacat in Pampanga. These were in addition to tollbooths, ramps and bridges in the interchanges, including that in SCTEX.

Meanwhile, work in all government offices within the Philippine International Convention Center Complex will resume November 16 or right after the closing of the ASEAN Summit, as announced by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

Office work in government offices here were suspended for the ASEAN Summit.

Metro Manila classes remain suspended until November 17 while November 13-15 were declared as non-working holidays for both schools and public and private offices in Metro Manila, Bulacan and Pampanga.

The Philippines is this year's chair of ASEAN, whose other members include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

World leaders from the regional bloc’s dialogue partners, including Australia, Canada, China, European Union (EU), India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States are expected to arrive for the summit. (With report from PNA)


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