The Department of Finance (DOF) approved the construction of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)-South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Connector Road which is supposed to be handled by a separate special purpose (SPC) company.
In a statement published in Rappler.com dated August 31, Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III assured the public that the P23.2-billion elevated connector road is not once again delayed.
“My understanding is that they [DPWH] can award it... if they wish,” Dominguez said in an interview at the sidelines of a Senate hearing on the proposed 2017 budget.
During the administration of past president Benigno Aquino III, former DOF Secretary Cezar Purisima advised that The Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPTDC) which is the winning bidder of the project, should first set up a special purpose company to handle the project.
Noting that the Purisima's opinion is not 'ex-cathedra' or not infallible, Dominguez said that DPWH can now decide as they see fit.
The NLEX-SLEX Connector road project involves construction, operation, and maintenance of an 8-kilometer elevated expressway over the Philippine National Railway (PNR) right of way.
Additionally, the project is expected to decongest traffic in Metro Manila by providing an alternative C5 road, EDSA and other routes.
Source: philstar.com, rappler.com and thestandard.com