MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Corporation (SMC) wants to build a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. It will be constructed to connect Balintawak, Quezon City and Susan Heights in the City of Muntinlupa.
According to Ramon Ang, Chief Operating Officer of SMC, the corporation is planning to construct the BRT system which will span end to end in the Metro Manila Skyway.
He said that the project includes landing stations in every strategic location. He even joked that the BRT system would make the commuters feel that they are riding a bus just like in the train. He also added that the corporation would be the one to make the design for the BRT system.
SMC is related with Philippine National Construction Corp and the San Miguel’s Holdings Corporation. The two have a partnership with the City Intercity Tollways Inc. and Citra Central Expressway Corp; which are the companies who handle Metro Manila Skyway Stages 3 and 4.
Both SMC and PNCC signed an agreement to widen the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, Skyway Stage 4 or Metro Manila Expressway C6, and other projects alike for the budget of 554 billion pesos.
Other projects are also included in the agreement such as the Sky 8 or Tanauan-Tagaytay Expressway; TR5 which extends SLEX up to the end of TR4 in Matnog, Sorsogon to Pagbilao, Quezon; Sky 7 which connects Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and Taguig; Ramp Extension to Macapagal Blvd. and Buendia Interchange; Pasig River Alignment or Sky 9 which also include ramps to Pioneer, Buendia, and BGC.
Ang disclosed that the two are planning to start the project by extending the C6, Skyway Stage 3, and SLEX.
For closers, he finally said that the agreement would make sure that Manila will be readily accessible to the neighboring provinces. It will also create better roads and expressways for the Philippines to have much faster operations using the tollway systems.