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June 21, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 225 views

SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez called for more projects through public-private partnership.

In his speech during the groundbreaking rites for the third Candaba viaduct project of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) and NLEX Corp. in Bgy. Dulong Malabon, Pulilan, Bulacan, Romualdez said this is the key to the modernization of the country’s infrastructure necessary to usher in progress and uplift the lives of the people.

Targeted for completion on November 2024, the project will expand the existing viaduct structure by adding inner and outer shoulders to the three lanes in each direction and is expected to increase the speed of travel from the current 40-60 kph to 60-80 kph.

“The Candaba Third Viaduct serves as a symbol of the fruitful partnership between the government and the private sector. It is a testament to what we can achieve when we work together towards a common goal,” he said.

He expressed his gratitude to President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. for his unwavering support for the development of the country’s infrastructure.

“Under his visionary leadership, we have witnessed a renewed commitment to the Build Build Build program, which aims to propel our nation towards progress and inclusive growth,” he said.

He cited the relentless push of Pampanga Representatives in the 19th Congress, including Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, Jr., Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Representatives Jon Lazatin and Anna York Bondoc, as well as the cooperation of local government officials of Bulacan and Pampanga, which helped make the project a reality the soonest time possible.

Romualdez noted that the Candaba Viaduct, which has been serving as a strategic expressway link connecting Metro Manila and the Central and North Luzon corridor for several decades, played a vital role in facilitating the movement of people, goods, and services.

“However, as our population grows and our economy expands, it is imperative that we invest in the modernization and expansion of our infrastructure,” he pointed out.

Constructed in the 70’s the 5-km viaduct traverses the Candaba Swamp and connects the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga. Initially built with a 2 x 2 configuration or two lanes for each direction, it was converted in 2017 to a 2 x 3 to maximize its capacity and is now serving an estimated 80,000 motorists daily.

“The construction of the Candaba Third Viaduct is a testament to our collective commitment to meet these growing demands head-on. This project, with the support of President Bongbong Marcos, is a significant component of the government’s Build Build Build program,” he said.

“It exemplifies our determination to enhance connectivity, promote economic development, and uplift the lives of our people,” the Speaker added.