The opening of this new Skyway ramp and lane reopening is part of the DPWH Skyway Extension project, which includes the construction of four lanes in the Sucat-to-Alabang section, with ramps leading to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).
Actual construction started September 2019 after government arrived at an agreement with SMC for an accelerated timeline, with a December 2019 target date of opening.
With this new ramp and lane reopening, traffic congestion in the South Luzon Expressway is expected to ease considerably, especially in this peak travel holiday season.
Joining Secretary Tugade in this occasion from team DOTr are Usec. for Finance Garry de Guzman, Usec. for Legal Affairs Reinier Paul Yebra, Asec. for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, and Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) Chairman Abraham Sales.
Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda said Tugade made the promise during a recent meeting at the Department of Transportation (DOTr) headquarters in Clark, Pampanga where a briefing was held on the status of the PHP4.8-billion BIA and other projects of the agency in the regions.
The completion of the airport project is seen to provide a strategic and huge boost to the country’s economy, particularly the tourism industry, as it is projected to unlock the vast potential of Southern Luzon especially the Bicol Region, with its wealth in tourism assets and attractions.
“You restored my faith in our future,” Salceda told Tugade following the latter’s assurance of the 2020 completion of BIA, which is hailed as the country’s “Most Scenic Gateway.”
During the Clark meeting, Salceda updated Tugade that Albay is No. 4 in domestic tourism arrivals, and would even further increase if its number is taken in total with the combined Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon traffic.
The accelerated completion of the BIA would further boost tourists’ flow to the region, he said.
The BIA project is fully funded and work on it is in full blast to meet the June 27, 2020 deadline for the terminal, and November 2, 2019 for the land-side facilities.
As of May 30 this year, the project is 57 percent completed.
During the briefing, Tugade also said that DOTr had already resolved several technical concerns that have delayed the project, among them “the works on the required four-meter deep embankment of 25-centimeter thickness per layer to ensure good compaction, and the relocation of the transmission towers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines that could obstruct the runway approach.”
Strongly pushed by Salceda during his earlier stint in Congress, and later as Albay governor and Bicol Regional Development Council chairman for nine years, the BIA project started in 2005 but construction began only in 2009.
Hampered by several hitches and delays, Salceda said Tugade’s pledge shows the “executive decisiveness of the Duterte administration in delivering urgent development projects nationwide such as the BIA, a vital infrastructure which is crucial to country.”
The Albay lawmaker said the BIA is expected to play a major role in achieving a target potential of 20 million tourist arrivals annually when it starts operation.
In the first quarter of this year, the country posted a record high 7.6-percent growth, which was about 2.2 million arrivals.
Salceda further said “the role of the BIA will be huge since the Department of Tourism (DOT) has upped its campaign in bringing foreign ambassadors to the country’s globally known, yet less visited destinations.”
Tourists flying in via the BIA will land right at the heart of the Bicol region’s tourism hub, Albay province, home to the world’s iconic Mayon volcano and the Cagsawa Ruins, without travelling far from the airport to visit them, he pointed out.
The operationalization of these routes includes the following phases:
1) Phase 1 - Metro Star Ferry Terminal (Cavite City Hall)/ Sangley Port to SM MOA Ferry Terminal
2) Phase 1 - Metro Star Ferry Terminal (Cavite City Hall)/ Sangley Port to CCP Port
3) Phase 2 - Metro Star Ferry Terminal (Cavite City Hall)/ Sangley Port to Escolta, Manila
4) Phase 2 - Metro Star Ferry Terminal (Cavite City Hall)/ Sangley Port to Lawton Ferry Terminal
The dry run for Phase 1 of the Cavite to Metro Manila routes is expected in the first week of December 2019.
Shipping companies such as Shogun Ships Co., Incorporated, Starlite Ferries, Incorporated, Seaborne Shipping Lines Incorporated, and Pinoy Catamaran Corporation also showed their interest in participating in the operationalization of these routes.
Source: Netizens Alert
Celossian Flower Farm
A new attraction in the town in Rizal Province called "Baras" is getting the attention of many people because of its colorful flowers that brings the feels of The Netherlands.
WHAT TO DOThis place is perfect for:
- Family bonding
- A date with a love one
- Photo-ops / photoshoots
- Selfies (a lot of it!)
- Instagram feed (of course!)
You'll truly love the place if you are fond of flowers! The farm is very accessible to the public and won't break your wallet to go inside!
HOW TO GET THERECatch a jeepney ride bound to Tanay, Rizal. Ask the driver to drop you off the new Baras Municipal Hall. Then look for a tricycle ride headed to Celossian Flower Farm (fare is P20).
For those who are bringing their vehicle just ahead of the new Baras Market, on Tampoy St, is the road to the left if you are headed to Antipolo.
Celossian Flower Farm is searchable via Waze and Google Maps.
Celossian Flower FarmAddress: Sitio Tamalan, Baras, Rizal Province
Hours: 6am-6pm daily
Entrance Fee: P20